North Carolina GOP Overrides Veto of 12-Week Abortion Ban

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    The Facts

    • North Carolina’s Republican-controlled Generally Assembly on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, reduced from a prior 20-week restriction.

    • The ban applies to elective abortions except in the instance of rape, incest, life-limiting fetal anomalies, and medical emergencies in the first trimester. The law also includes funding for foster and childcare as well as paid parental leave.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    This law is the latest blow struck by Republicans against women’s rights despite the unpopularity of the party’s abortion policies. With North Carolina serving as the last bastion of abortion access for many living in the region, women’s lives are now at greater risk, and many families will be put in precarious positions moving forward.

    Republican narrative

    These common-sense abortion regulations are baselessly being characterized as a threat to women's health. If it were up to Democrats, there would be no limits on abortions, but Republicans are making sure there are, and the ones that do happen are safer. Most abortions performed in the state are within the 12-week limit anyway, so this law shouldn't be deemed "extreme," as the governor called it.

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