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  • Summary date: Apr 18 2023 - View Summary

    Enacts new Article 44 (Right to Use Contraception) in GS Chapter 90. Includes new GS 90-751.2, declaring that it is the policy of the State that there is no legitimate governmental interest in limiting the freedom to use contraception to prevent pregnancy. 

    Creates new GS 116-43.25 (Provide emergency contraceptive pills on each campus), requiring higher education institutions of the University of North Carolina to provide access to emergency contraceptive pills through at least one vending machine on each main campus. Establishes requirements for the storage, cost, inspections, and labeling of the vending machines. The new section is effective when it becomes law and applies to the 2023-24 academic year. 

    Appropriates $300,000 for 2023-24 to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, from the General Fund for grants to nonprofit community health centers for providing access to long-acting reversible contraceptives to underserved and uninsured patients. Establishes criteria for long-acting reversible contraceptives. 

    Effective July 1, 2023.