Governor’s Veto Overriden On New Restrictions

( — After the North Carolina GOP-led legislature passed regulations on abortion, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper was set to veto it, according to The Daily Wire. The legislation reportedly bans most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Senate Bill 20 counters the existing law that bans abortion after 20 weeks, cutting down the number to 12.

Cooper says that it will “lead to harm” for women and their families, adding that it will particularly affect women who do not have access to medical care because they live in rural areas. There are provisions included that make exceptions in cases of rape or incest, extending the number to 20 weeks once more and 24 weeks for fetal anomalies.

Republicans reportedly hold the supermajority in both chambers and were expected to override Cooper’s veto. Senate leader Phil Berger said that that action will occur quickly in the Senate and then move forward into the House, according to The News & Observer. Berger claimed that the governor was wasting taxpayer dollars to spread lies about the bill at “poorly attended events.”

But the governor has doubted the power of the GOP’s supermajority in each chamber, which is only the majority by a small margin. During a rally in Raleigh, Cooper abortion advocates that if one Republican in the House and the Senate votes against the GOP’s efforts to override the veto, then the bill will not be passed. Cooper’s doubts have come to nothing, however, as the legislature voted to override Cooper’s veto on the bill.

Abortion has been a hot topic in the country since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade. Before the decision was made, a draft leak of the opinion sent advocates of abortion protesting the high court. The opinion, written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, states that abortion is not a constitutional right and is not a part of the tradition and history of the U.S.

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