[JURIST] The North Carolina Senate [official website] passed 29-12 legislation [HB 695, materials] on Wednesday that places severe restrictions on abortion. The bill will likely shut down most of the state's abortion clinics because it requires clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgery centers [AP report]. The bill also bans gender-selective abortions, restricts insurance coverage of abortions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [JURIST backgrounder] and requires a doctor to be present both when an abortion...

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