North Carolina Restrictions on Abortion:

In North Carolina, the following restrictions on abortion were in effect as of April 1, 2017:

  • A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion, and then wait 72 hours before the procedure is provided.


  • Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act can only cover abortion if the woman's life is endangered, or in cases of rape or incest.


  • Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.


  • The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.


  • The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.


  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.


  • A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion; the provider must offer her the option to view the image.


  • An abortion may be performed at 20 or more weeks after the woman's last menstrual period only if the woman's life or health is endangered.