Hagan will not vote for anti-abortion bill

11/19/2013 6:11 PM

11/19/2013 6:12 PM

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday made it clear that she would not vote for a bill that would ban abortions beginning at 20 weeks.

“Kay believes that women, not politicians, should be the ones to make these difficult and complex decisions in consultation with their doctor, their family and their faith,” Hagan’s spokeswoman Sadie Weiner said.

“Women’s health should never be a political football, and Kay’s focus on strengthening the economy and creating jobs is a stark contrast to her opponents who chose to ram through an anti-women’s health bill in the legislature instead of concentrating on jobs,” she added.

The N.C. Values Coalition, the N.C. Family Policy Council and the Susan B. Anthony List issued a joint statement last Thursday calling on the North Carolina Democrat to support a bill introduced on Nov. 7 by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The bill has support from 39 Republican senators, including North Carolina’s other senator, Republican Richard Burr.

State House Speaker Thom Tillis and the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte, who are among Hagan’s potential Republican challengers in the 2014 race, said last week through their spokesmen that they support the bill. Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary who also is running in the Republican primary has said he supports any legislation that would end abortion.

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