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North Carolina Bans Abortion at 12 Weeks after Republican Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto

Raymond Wolfe : May 18, 2023

The new pro-life law places additional restrictions on abortion drugs and clinics in a major blow to Democrat Governor Roy Cooper and the abortion industry in the South.

(Raleigh, NC) — [] Republican lawmakers in North Carolina overrode the veto of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday and enacted a law that bans most abortions after 12 weeks and places new restrictions on abortion drugs and clinics. (Image: Unsplash-Elijah Mears)

The Senate voted 30-20 along party lines Tuesday evening to uphold Senate Bill 20, and the House followed hours later with a 72–48 vote.

Cooper, a strong supporter of unrestricted abortion, vetoed the bill at a rally with abortion activists on Saturday, saying that it would "make abortion unavailable to many women, particularly those with lower incomes, those who live in rural areas, and those who already have limited access to health care."

The legislation is the result of private negotiations between conservative and moderate Republicans after the North Carolina GOP secured a narrow supermajority in the state legislature last month.

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Though it falls short of a six-week ban pushed for by conservative lawmakers and pro-life groups, Senate Bill 20 contains a package of pro-life measures expected to disrupt the abortion industry in North Carolina, which has become a major abortion haven in the South since the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

The law bans surgical abortion after 12 weeks and chemical abortion after 10 weeks and prohibits mailing abortion-inducing drugs to pregnant women. Chemical abortions—or abortions induced by pills, like mifepristone—accounted for nearly 60 percent of abortions in North Carolina in 2020.

It also imposes a 72-hour waiting period for abortions, requires women to make an in-person visit to an abortion clinic at least three days before an abortion, expands informed consent and reporting requirements, allows women to view an ultrasound image of their unborn child... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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