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North Carolina joins push for abortion restrictions, McCrory balks

North Carolina lawmakers are moving to tighten abortion restrictions. (AP  Photo/The News & Observer, Takaaki Iwabu)
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North Carolina on Wednesday became the latest GOP-controlled state legislature to move toward restricting abortion rights after legislation unexpectedly and quickly passed through the state Senate.

The chamber voted 29-12 in favor of the legislation Wednesday -- one day after it was added to an unrelated measure -- as protesters reportedly shouted "shame" at GOP lawmakers. The abortion measures would require abortion providers to meet particular licensing standards that the vast majority of the state's providers don't currently meet.