North Carolina’s Republican-controlled General Assembly has just overridden the Democratic governor’s veto to enact legislation banning most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Despite Governor Roy Cooper’s efforts to convince at least one Republican to uphold his veto, the party-line override was successful. Previously, the state law prohibited almost all abortions after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
This move mirrors wider shifts in U.S. abortion rights, with South Carolina and Nebraska also contemplating new abortion restrictions. The U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling last year has facilitated these restrictions. As of now, 14 states have enforced abortion bans throughout pregnancy.
BREAKING: New abortion restrictions will go into effect in North Carolina, as the state legislature overrides Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a 12-week ban. https://t.co/PuY25nISd6
— The News & Observer (@newsobserver) May 17, 2023
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