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NC Bishops Express Grave Disappointment in Governor's Veto

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh and the Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte have sent a letter to Governor Beverly Perdue on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, informing her of their grave disappointment in her veto Monday evening of the Woman’s Right to Know Act.

The bill, approved by both houses of the North Carolina legislature, would put into place a set of notifications for women considering an abortion, including the offer of an ultrasound. It would also require a 24-hour waiting period to allow the woman time to reflect on what amounts to a life and death decision, which she will live with for the rest of her life.

On behalf of the 800,000 Catholics in North Carolina, Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Jugis remain strongly committed to the Woman’s Right to Know Act becoming law in the state. Through their respective Diocesan Pro-Life offices and Catholic Voice North Carolina (www.catholicvoicenc.org), the Bishops will work with North Carolina legislators to garner sufficient support to override Governor Perdue’s veto, thereby allowing North Carolina to become the 27th state to approve this legislation.