After North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) threatened to veto an anti-abortion bill passed by the state Senate, Republicans in the House did what any reasonable person would do — attach the new restrictions to a completely unrelated motorcycle safety bill.
WASHINGTON — North Carolina House Republicans are pushing legislation that would restrict abortion access, attaching the measure to an unrelated motorcycle safety bill on Wednesday and giving neither the public nor Democratic legislators any advance notice. [...]
“It is a disgrace to North Carolina that legislators have again resorted to sneak attacks to move their anti-women’s health agenda forward,” said Planned Parenthood Health Systems’ Melissa Reid, in a statement. “Once again there was no public notice that this bill would be heard. The public and even many legislators on the committee only learned this was a possibility at 9:57 a.m. — three minutes before the committee was to meet — when a political reporter was tipped off and posted it on Twitter. This is outrageous and not how the people’s business should be conducted.”
I wasn’t aware that abortions are sometimes performed on the back of a motorcycle, but I suppose attaching the new restriction to a motorcycle safety bill makes just as much sense as attaching the restrictions to a Sharia law bill, which is what the state Senate did. And no, contrary to appearances, it was not a bill aimed at implementing Sharia law.
It’s less clear now if Governor Pat McCrory will veto the legislation. The War on Women is obviously a fiction.