North Carolina’s GOP-led House Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Abortion Bill

June 7, 2019 by Dan McCue
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper during a debate at WRAL studios in Raleigh, N.C., on October 18, 2016. (Chris Seward/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

North Carolina’s Republican-led House on Thursday failed to override Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that would require doctors to try to preserve the life of an infant born alive during an attempted abortion.

To override Cooper’s veto of the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” supporters of the bill needed the approval of three-fifths of each chamber of the state legislature.

In the end, the effort to override died in the House in a 67-53 vote.

“It’s important to protect the lives of all children, and laws already exist to protect newborn babies,” Cooper said via Twitter when he learned the result of the vote.

“Instead of passing unnecessary legislation for political purposes we need to move on from divisive social issues and focus on the needs of North Carolina families: education, health care and good-paying jobs,” he said.

Under the proposed North Carolina law, if a health care practitioner did not try to preserve the life of an infant born alive during an abortion attempt, they would be guilty of a class D felony.

The bill went on to say if anyone intentionally “performs an overt act” that kills the baby, they would be guilty of murder.

In a letter announcing his veto in April, Cooper said the bill was an “unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients” and would “criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist.”

State News

Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
Employment
Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development
August 10, 2020
by Reece Nations

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority’s recruitment efforts, continuing education and health care workforce development. The VHWDA grant will be issued to the organization’s network of Area Health Education Centers,... Read More

States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid
Economy
States Wary of Trump’s Move for Them to Kick in on Federal Aid

A day after President Donald Trump took executive action to offer $400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits, including 25% he said should be kicked in from state coffers, governors are pushing back. The leaders of states including New York and Michigan said Trump’s plan ignores... Read More

City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
Cities
City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
August 7, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

ALBANY, N.Y. – The city of Albany has initiated a traveling street fair for residents to socialize at a distance and to learn about local resources. The street fair, called Playstreets, was started last month and its next fair will take place on August 14.  Among... Read More

New York AG Sues to Dissolve National Rifle Association
State News
New York AG Sues to Dissolve National Rifle Association
August 6, 2020
by Gracie Kreth

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association Thursday. The lawsuit calls to dissolve the country’s largest pro-gun organization alleging years of corruption and leadership’s personal use of millions of dollars in donations to the organization. “The... Read More

Inslee Advances in Washington Gubernatorial Primary
Political News
Inslee Advances in Washington Gubernatorial Primary

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee advanced Tuesday in Washington's primary election as he seeks to become the first incumbent elected to a third term in the state in more than 40 years. Inslee was leading decisively in early returns. He’ll face a small-town... Read More

Districts Go Round and Round on School Bus Reopening Plans
Education
Districts Go Round and Round on School Bus Reopening Plans

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more daunting than figuring out how to... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top