The N.C. General Assembly could place Gov. Pat McCrory in a bind if it sends a series of bills to his desk that critics say would limit access to abortion procedures.
McCrory, who campaigned as a moderate Republican in the 2012 gubernatorial election, pledged to not sign any new bills affecting abortions in the state.
But after the legislature passed new regulations affecting abortions in 2011, lawmakers have proposed a series of new measures this session. The bills would prohibit abortions based on sex and provide protections for physicians who choose not to perform abortions, among other proposals.
John Dinan, political science professor at Wake Forest University, said in an email that ideological leanings will likely not be the deciding factor in McCrory’s decisions on the legislation.
He said McCrory will probably govern on an issue-by-issue basis, and more will be revealed when the bills emerge from the legislature.