RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Senate isn't going to act immediately on a House bill further regulating abortion in North Carolina even though Gov. Pat McCrory says he'd sign it into law if it came to his desk.
Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca says the measure wouldn't be heard on the Senate floor when it reconvenes Monday evening. The bill is in his committee and senators want to review its updated language.
The measure directs state health regulators to apply standards for ambulatory surgical centers to the state's abortion clinics. McCrory said last week he didn't like an earlier version approved by the Senate earlier this month and threatened to veto it.
He got behind the House version late last week. Abortion rights advocates say the bill would force many clinics to close.