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Governor Vetoes Abortion Bill

Governor Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have required women seeking abortions to receive extensive counseling and an ultrasound before the procedure.

House Bill 854 would have required abortion providers to give women ultrasounds and describe the age of the fetus. Providers would've also had to tell patients about options for carrying a baby to term, including receiving child support, signing up for public assistance and adoption. In a news release, Governor Perdue said physicians should not have their advice overridden by elected officials seeking to impose an ideological agenda. She called the bill a dangerous intrusion into the relationship between a woman and her doctor. Democratic Senate Minority leader Martin Nesbitt says there's not enough support in the Senate to override the governor's veto.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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