Irony-Free Abortion Ban Added to Sharia Law Ban

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July 3 2013 2:06 PM

Irony-Free Abortion Ban Added to Sharia Law Ban

North Carolina, when will you stop surprising us with such delights?

Senators on Tuesday tacked a suite of new restrictions and regulations pertaining to abortion clinics onto a bill dealing with the application of foreign laws in North Carolina family courts.
The measure was unveiled unexpectedly during an unusual late-day committee meeting. It combines several bills in different stages of the legislative process into one omnibus measure.

The text of the new Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act of 2013 is here, and it bars abortions in which "a significant factor in the woman seeking the abortion is related to the sex of the unborn child," and creates a conscience exception for doctors. The science on incidence of sex selection abortions is pretty new, and is based largely on the fact that the sex ratio in the U.S. is 105 boys to 100 girls. The conscience exemption will be useful for sharia compliance, too; sharia, generally, preferences the opinion of the doctor over that of the scholar or other parties. Hang on, sorry, I misread the bill -- all similarities to sharia law are entirely accidental.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.