Abortion Bill Awaiting Decision By Governor Perdue

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue must soon reveal what she intends to do with legislation that would place medical and time hurdles in front of women considering abortions.

Perdue has until midnight Monday to veto the bill or let it become law without her signature. She could also sign it into law, although that seems less likely as Perdue is an abortion-rights supporter.

Her spokeswoman previously linked the legislation to what she called an "extreme agenda" of the Republican-led General Assembly.

The bill would require women who want an abortion to get an ultrasound of their fetus and to wait 24 hours after receiving counseling.

The Legislature could try to override any veto. Both the House and Senate votes on the bill were one vote shy of a potential override.

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