May 4, 2023

SFLAction Says 12-Week Abortion Bill Doesn’t Protect Nearly 90% of Preborn Babies, Would Instead Continue to Make North Carolina an Abortion Destination

“There’s nothing about this bill that “bans” abortions as media outlets claim. North Carolina leaders will instead ensure nearly every abortion is allowed rather than protect innocent babies from violence in the womb,” said Dustin Curtis, SFLAction Vice President of Political Affairs & Operations. “Members who support this effort while trying to suppress the effectiveness of Heartbeat Abortion Prevention Acts or Life at Conception legislation are siding against true commonsense protections for women and the preborn.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-04-2023) – Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is disappointed to see “pro-life Republicans” in North Carolina’s State House vote in favor of legislation that recklessly allows abortions up to 12-weeks. “Their efforts to back this bill rather than stronger protections for the preborn is a missed opportunity,” added Curtis.

In North Carolina, 86% of abortions take place before 12-weeks which would make passing this bill through the Senate highly ineffective though the legislation does have good monetary provisions for funding of foster care programs, paid family leave, and pregnancy resource centers. North Carolina leaders can prevent nearly 90% of elective abortions from taking place by addressing first trimester procedures, the time in which most abortions are occurring, and shutting down the predatory abortion industry.

SFLAction says House Bill 533, the Human Life Protection Act of 2023 or a Heartbeat Abortion Prevention Act, are far better alternatives that will protect life in law and service. The organization believes at the bare minimum preborn babies should be protected at the time their heartbeat is detected, often around 6-weeks or sooner, as it’s a clear sign of life.

Abortions are currently permitted up to 20-weeks in North Carolina, creating a tourism industry of death for the southern state. The Washington Post reported North Carolina “experienced a greater spike in abortions than any other state” with the fall of Roe.

SFLAction will mobilize students through its active grassroots program to lobby the legislature into taking a real approach to protecting life in law. This week’s misguided efforts make the necessity for groups such as SFLAction to engage with legislators and educate residents on the realities of this bill that does little to nothing to protect women and children.

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), make up the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization and a political and policy operation engaging people of all ages. Together they work to end abortion — the human rights issue of our day — and provide political, legal, and community support for women and their children, born and preborn. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA has more than 1,30groups on middlehigh school, college, university, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. SFLA creates strategy, policy, and programming to connect those most targeted for abortion with people ready to help and builds a framework for political engagement on their behalf. SFLA and SFLAction have more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry than any other pro-life outreach in the world, reaching more than 2 million people across social media platforms each week and engaging in approximately 100,000 digital conversations per month. Over more than 16 years, President Kristan Hawkins has grown SFLAction/SFLA into an $18 million organization preparing for a Post-Roe America.