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North Carolina 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill (HB 465)

This law was last updated on Apr 20, 2015


North Carolina


HB 465




Apr 1, 2015


Co-sponsors: 39
Primary Sponsors: 3
Total Sponsors: 42


Informed Consent, Physicians Reporting Requirements, Waiting Periods and Forced Counseling

Full Bill Text

HB 465 imposes a 72-hour waiting period for abortion and physician reporting requirements.

A provision that would have prohibited medical schools at UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University from requiring performance of abortion in connection with an employee’s official duties was stripped from the final version of the bill.

Physician Reporting Requirements

HB 465 would create physician reporting requirements. The bill would require specific information to be recorded and reported to the Department of Health and Human Services after the sixteenth week of pregnancy and after the twentieth week of pregnancy.

Informed Consent/Waiting Period

The bill amends G.S. 90-21.82, North Carolina’s informed consent law, to require a 72-hour waiting period before performance of an abortion. Previously, the law required a 24-hour waiting period.



Signed into law by Gov. McCrory on June 5, 2015.

The waiting period provision goes into effect on October 1, 2015.

The physician reporting requirement goes into effect on January 1, 2016.