NC legislature could step in on clinic rule proposal

RALEIGH -- Abortion-rights groups are worried that Republican legislators will try to override rules proposed for North Carolina abortion clinics that activists contend balance patient safety with access to the procedure.

Several Democratic lawmakers and a physician spoke at a news conference Thursday at the Legislative Building. They say elected officials should not interfere with the rules offered by Gov. Pat McCrory's health agency. Rep. Rick Glazier of Fayetteville says he was pleasantly surprised by the rules offered by the McCrory administration in carrying out a 2013 state law.

Some social conservatives say the regulations don't go far enough. The legislature could pass a bill blocking their implementation.

Two key Republicans say they did not expect an effort to block the rules, but bills could seek incremental changes.

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