The legislature in the US state of North Carolina has successfully voted to override a veto by its Democrat governor, Roy Cooper, of a measure which would lower abortion from a limit of 20 weeks to 12 weeks of pregnancy in the state. A similar trend was recently seen in Kansas, where the state legislature overrode the governor’s veto to push forward incremental pro-life measures.
The new law in North Carolina is due to come into effect from 1st July 2023. The Senate voted 30-20 to override the veto, as did the House. Commenting on the successful effort, NC Values Coalition spokesperson Tami Fitzgerald said:
“With this veto override, legislators have rejected Governor Cooper’s extreme, unreasonable position of abortion without restriction up to birth. This pro-woman legislation has $160 million in funding to help pregnant mothers including $75 million for childcare, $59 million for foster care, kinship care and children’s homes, $16 million to reduce infant and maternal mortality, and $3 million to help mothers complete college. We sincerely thank Senator Berger, Speaker Moore, and Republican legislators for standing strong and voting on behalf of the 62% of North Carolinians who reject abortion after 12 weeks…”