Concerned that new legislation in North Carolina may leave only a single abortion clinic in the state for women “seeking out choice,” MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts put the question to Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, with a bit of what some might call euphemistic wordplay.

“How do you respond to that with such a dramatic closure of access to choice providers for women?” Roberts asked.

MSNBC Host Thomas Roberts Calls Abortion Clinics Choice Providers

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Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s Republican governor, signed into law updated abortion regulations for clinics in the state Monday, including a requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, The New York Times reported.

Controversy and protest from abortion advocates has surrounded the new legislation’s safety standards; McCrory, however, said that a legislator addressed his concerns about the bill restricting a woman’s access to abortions.

But Roberts evidently doesn’t see it that way, opening his program by declaring that “North Carolina is now the latest Republican-led state to restrict a woman’s access to abortion.” Reports indicate that only one clinic in the state satisfies new safety standards.

MSNBC Host Thomas Roberts Calls Abortion Clinics Choice Providers

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And how did Hogue respond to Roberts’ question focused on North Carolina’s “choice providers”?

“Not only did [McCrory] break a sacrosanct campaign promise not to restrict choice but he is actually playing politics with women’s lives,” Hogue said.

Here’s a clip of Thomas’ “choice providers” utterance:

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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