Locals react to Supreme Court ruling favoring those who support abortion


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Supreme Court ruling on abortion has North Carolina state attorneys taking a closer look at the law.

The Supreme Court overturned a Texas law declaring it put an unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end their pregnancies. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the majority opinion there was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure.

With today’s ruling in favor of those who support abortion, people from the community, on both sides of the issue, are sharing their opinions.

Whenever America’s highest court makes a decision, there’s always two different reactions; one of relief and happiness, the other is just the opposite.

While these voices are from the nation’s capital, the same opinions can be seen in the region.

Two Pitt County women are reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Texas abortion access law.

“We should be concerned if abortion facilities do not, are not even willing or able for whatever reason to meet basic safety standards. That’s a concern for everyone,” said Natalie Votipka, who is pro-life.

“If you make all clinics to the standard of a hospital, that could be very costly and slow down clinics being available,” Rhonda Billingslea, who is pro-choice, said.

Pro-choice advocates like the majority of the Supreme Court took issues with provisions in the Texas law. The first, requiring doctors to have local admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The second, requiring clinics to upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards. There are very similar requirements to a 2013 law North Carolina Pat McCrory signed.

North Carolina’s senate bill 353 touches on a number of things, including abortion clinic standards and insurance policies. Monday’s ruling is the most significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in two decades, causing pro-life advocates like Votipka to stand their ground.

“A life begins at conception. When you’re pregnant you have your child in there, you love that child,” said Votipka.

Pro-choice supporters like Billingslea speak their mind.

“That’s between a woman and God, and believe that government really shouldn’t get involved in that,” she said.

As for North Carolina’s abortion law, it’s still considered constitutional. Attorney Roy Cooper’s team said they’re reviewing the Supreme Court opinion and will consult their clients as necessary.

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