North Carolina Legislature Passes 12-Week Abortion Ban

North Carolina unexpectedly accepted laws on Thursday that will ban most abortions after 12 weeks of being pregnant, setting the stage for a probable check of the Republican Get together’s new, however slim, supermajority.

After an emotional, five-hour debate, the Senate, by a vote of 29 to twenty, accepted a ban that the Home had already handed the evening earlier than.

The state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, who has known as the invoice “excessive,” mentioned he would veto it and has 10 days to behave. However the legislature now has the potential to override his veto if Republicans can maintain their get together united to muster sufficient votes.

If enacted, the invoice would scale back abortion entry within the state, which at the moment permits abortion as much as 20 weeks. It could additionally additional curtail the process all through the South, the place one state after one other has pushed to ban or prohibit it for the reason that U.S. Supreme Courtroom overturned Roe v. Wade final summer season. North Carolina has turn out to be a vacation spot for girls searching for abortions.

It’s unclear when a vote to resolve on Governor Cooper’s anticipated veto may happen. And it’s attainable legislators is not going to vote the identical manner they did on the invoice; prior to now, some have intentionally left the chamber in hopes of stopping an override vote from reaching the 60 p.c minimal.