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The North Carolina Senate Is Considering A Restrictive Abortion Bill

The bill began as a ban on Sharia law, and was amended in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. "It seems to me that they’re trying to pass under cover of darkness legislation that would not otherwise be passed. They’re trying to pull a Texas," a pro-abortion rights advocate said earlier today to the News & Observer.

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On a 27-14 vote, a North Carolina bill that originally banned Sharia law — and then had restrictive abortion-related amendments added to it on Tuesday — passed a second reading in the state Senate at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The North Carolina Senate is scheduled to reconvene Wednesday morning, when a supporter of the measure said the third, and final, reading would be held.

The changes to the bill, which had not been expected, were made in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

"It seems to me that they're trying to pass under cover of darkness legislation that would not otherwise be passed. They're trying to pull a Texas," a pro-abortion rights advocate said earlier today to the News & Observer.

From the Tuesday evening debate:

"This bill is about safety." - Sen. Warren Daniel, http://t.co/a0WJskY9DG http://t.co/jVwfFwHoIn

Chris Geidner

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"This bill is about safety." - Sen. Warren Daniel, http://t.co/a0WJskY9DG http://t.co/jVwfFwHoIn

#ncga Sen abortion debate: Sen Daniel says it's a response to Gosnell case to ensure patient safety and medical care. #ncpol

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#ncga Sen abortion debate: Sen Daniel says it's a response to Gosnell case to ensure patient safety and medical care. #ncpol

"This is really about limiting women's rights, and it's important to make that point." - Sen. Angela Bryant, http://t.co/a0WJskY9DG

Chris Geidner

@chrisgeidner

"This is really about limiting women's rights, and it's important to make that point." - Sen. Angela Bryant, http://t.co/a0WJskY9DG

"The women in this state" weren't aware of this to be here today, N.C. senator says. http://t.co/a0WJskY9DG http://t.co/MjQhvhLE1q

Chris Geidner

@chrisgeidner

"The women in this state" weren't aware of this to be here today, N.C. senator says. http://t.co/a0WJskY9DG http://t.co/MjQhvhLE1q

#ncga Stein on Sharia ban/abortion: "We don't need to be worried about them. we need to worried about the NC Republican Senate." #ncpol

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@NCCapitol

#ncga Stein on Sharia ban/abortion: "We don't need to be worried about them. we need to worried about the NC Republican Senate." #ncpol

NC Sen. Martin Nesbitt Jr.: Bill is the 50 Senate members doing what they want, not the people, then says — "actually, the 33 of you."

Chris Geidner

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NC Sen. Martin Nesbitt Jr.: Bill is the 50 Senate members doing what they want, not the people, then says — "actually, the 33 of you."

NC Sen. Nesbitt: "We're sitting in here tonight, and you're gonna" succeed. "You beat three women, I wanna see what you do with 10,000."

Chris Geidner

@chrisgeidner

NC Sen. Nesbitt: "We're sitting in here tonight, and you're gonna" succeed. "You beat three women, I wanna see what you do with 10,000."

Read the amended bill:

Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.

Contact Chris Geidner at chris.geidner@buzzfeed.com.

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