Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina voted a measure that would have effectively outlawed all abortions there after the first trimester.
In front of roughly 1,000 pro-abortion rights protestors at the state capitol in Raleigh on Saturday, the Democrat voted the law, according to The Associated Press. According to the publication, over 70 opponents of abortion gathered across the street for prayer.
“This bill will create dangerous interference with the doctor-patient relationship leading to harm for pregnant women and their families. With its medically unnecessary obstacles and restrictions, it will make abortions unavailable to many women,” Cooper said. “Therefore I vote this bill.”
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WATCH: North Carolina’s governor Roy Cooper has voted a bill that would ban nearly all abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. pic.twitter.com/iV9MobBVNV
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 13, 2023
According to the AP, the measure made exceptions to the 12-week restriction, allowing abortions up to 24 weeks for “life-limiting” fetal problems and up to 20 weeks for victims of rape and incest.
“Standing in the way of progress right now is this Republican supermajority legislature that only took 48 hours to turn the clock back 50 years on women’s health,” Cooper said, according to WNCN-TV, a local CBS affiliate.
As conservatives in the state’s General Assembly maintain a veto-proof majority with 72 out of 120 members in the House and 30 out of 50 seats in the Senate, the veto will undoubtedly spark a parliamentary battle.
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“I look forward to promptly overriding his veto,” Phil Berger, leader of the Senate, told the AP in a statement.
Cooper wrote in a tweet to celebrate the veto of the ban, “Let’s work to keep it that way.” He projected hope to the state capitol’s crowd of pro-choice protesters.
“We’re going to have to kick it into an even higher gear when that veto stamp comes down,” Cooper told the crowd, according to the AP. “If just one Republican in either the House or the Senate keeps a campaign promise to protect women’s reproductive health, we can stop this ban.”