|By Molly Parker, Star-News, Wilmington, N.C.|
More than 500 opponents of the legislation -- mostly women and many wearing pink -- organized quickly to gather at the
Protesters in the atrium outside the full gallery above the
As the lone Democrat and woman in the local legislative delegation, Rep.
New Hanover, of the purpose of the
"They're doing this because they can't get anything else done," she said. "So they go after the least among us. They go after health care, after children, after women, after the disabled.
Social conservatives pushed a series of new abortion rule changes nearly completely through the
The bill originated in the House as a ban on Sharia Law.
On the new abortion rules, Goolsby said the law enacts reasonable safeguards to protect patients. "Physicians are required to perform surgical procedures, and the
The committee passed the bill, which later received tentative approval from the full
The House also would have to approve the measure, a portion of which already passed earlier this year, before it could go to Gov.
Other members of the local House delegation said they'd take a wait-and-see approach to the bill.
"I don't like speaking on something I don't know the details on," he said.
"I've got to see it," he said. "It sounds OK. It's just that it's kind of being rushed, and I'd like to read it and see what all is in it. I'm not really sure. I've heard three or four different things."