North Carolina legislature overrides veto to enact 12-week abortion ban

North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature voted alongside social gathering strains Tuesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto of a 12-week abortion ban. The brand new restrictions will now take impact July 1. 

Cooper vetoed the invoice over the weekend after spending the earlier week campaigning towards it, attempting to peel off at the very least one Republican to defeat the override. “How about we go away medication to the medical doctors and the selections to the ladies,” he advised after signing his veto. All 4 Republicans he focused voted for the ban, together with Rep. Tricia Cotham (R), a former pro-choice Democrat who switched events in April, giving Republicans the supermajority they wanted in each chambers to override Cooper’s veto. 

The brand new abortion ban contains rape and incest exceptions by means of 20 weeks of being pregnant, an exemption for some fetal abnormalities by means of 24 weeks, and no restrict for when a pregnant lady’s life is at risk. The override will additional restrict abortion entry within the South, the place South Carolina would be the solely state that permits abortion previous 12 weeks.