Anti-abortion laws are advancing across the country.
Right now, at least 16 states have some kind of ban on abortion or are considering a ban, according to The Washington Post.
Alabama, just this week passed the most extensive abortion legislation in the country, making it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy.
A bill that is similar in a lot of ways is in limbo here in North Carolina.
Earlier this year, a federal court struck down North Carolina’s ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Since then, lawmakers have introduced the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” which basically says doctors have to care for newborn babies who survive an abortion.
North Carolina’s GOP majority passed that bill — but it was vetoed by Governor Cooper.
Cooper issued this statement saying: “Laws already protect newborn babies and this law is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients.”
At the same time, Lt. Governor Dan Forest said: “It’s a sad day when the governor of any state, no matter the circumstance, chooses to not protect the life of a helpless newborn baby.”
Fast forward to today, to override Cooper’s veto, the House and Senate each need 3/5 of their party to agree.
And, all this is happening as Alabama passes a law that makes it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, no matter the circumstance, including rape and incest, unless the pregnancy is risking the mother’s life.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said, “All human life is precious, you simply cannot defer protecting human lives because of cost.”
Which has left many wondering, could something like that happen here in North Carolina?
Some in Greenville have mixed emotions.
Kelly Topin said, “Every situation is different, everyone is going through their own thing and bringing a child into the world being unprepared is very difficult.”
Meka Splitstone said, “Everyone knows beforehand what makes a baby and there is free birth control for anyone who asks for it, so, there aren’t many situations where I think it would be ok.”
Alabama’s abortion law goes into effect in 6 months.
As for the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” here in North Carolina, it’s up to the House to vote to override the governor’s veto.
No word yet on when or if they’ll do that.