RALEIGH:1 year later, no new abortion rules in N. Carolina - WRBL

1 year later, no new abortion rules in N. Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Abortion rights advocates in North Carolina say they are in the dark about new rules required by a year-old law that they fear could effectively shut down many of the state's clinics.

The law will require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical centers. Only one of the state's 16 abortion clinics currently meets the current standards for those facilities.

Lawmakers and groups like Planned Parenthood are waiting for the state Department of Health and Human Services to draft new rules, but say they've heard nothing yet on what they will look like.

The agency would not comment on what the rules would include, but said that it is still working on writing them. The legislature did not set a deadline for when the rules had to be completed.

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