The number of abortions performed in North Carolina has dropped by more than a quarter in the past five years – one of the steepest declines in the nation. And new rules including a 72-hour waiting period could extend the trend.
A national survey by The Associated Press found that the annual number of abortions has fallen significantly in most states since 2010.
Abortions in North Carolina have declined by 26 percent in that period. Only Hawaii had a larger percentage decline in the survey.
The Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill last week that would make North Carolina one of a few states that require women to talk to a doctor or other qualified professional 72 hours before having an abortion. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill Friday.
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