North Carolina Governor Vetoes Abortion Restriction, GOP Promises Override

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has moved to veto a new proposed law that would prohibit the majority of abortions after the first trimester of pregnancy.

GOP lawmakers who currently have a supermajority in the legislature have pledged they will override this veto and officially make the bill a law, Just The News reports. 

Cooper insists the proposal will “create dangerous interference with the doctor-patient relationship” and thus cause “harm for pregnant women and their families.” He did not explain how limiting a doctor’s ability to terminate a pregnancy would damage a mother’s child, particularly in the womb. 

He also complained that abortion will be made inaccessible for “many women.”

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Since issuing the veto, Cooper posted a video to Twitter that seemingly intends to rally people up for the pro-abortion cause. In the clip, he responded to conservative claims of caring about human life by asking why they do not “fully fund” public education, without defining what exactly that means. 

“How about leave the medicine to the doctors and the decisions to the women,” he proclaimed.  

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Reacting to Cooper’s veto, Republican State Senate Leader Phil Berger said that Cooper has been lying to the public about Senate Bill 20 for at least a week. He also charged that the North Carolina governor has been going after members of the General Assembly and is blowing taxpayer funds on events with poor attendance in an effort to avoid discussing his own extreme positions on the topic. 

“I look forward to promptly overriding his veto,” concluded Berger.

Republican State House Speaker Tim Moore appeared to wholeheartedly agree.

“Governor Cooper has spent the past week, including Mother’s Day weekend, spreading misinformation about SB 20 in an effort to frighten voters and appease campaign donors,” Moore explained. “The truth is, the Care for Women, Children, and Families Act will save unborn lives, protect women, and support families. His veto will be swiftly overridden.”

These anticipated restrictions for abortion in North Carolina could go into effect as soon as Tuesday night; Releigh’s News & Observer reported that Berger indicated that a chamber session will convene on Tuesday at 4 p.m., with an override vote planned in the meeting’s agenda. 

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