Vetoing Anti-Abortion Bill, North Carolina's Governor Pushes Back Against Right-Wing 'Propaganda'

September 14, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Reproductive rights advocates praised North Carolina’s Democratic governor for blocking an anti-abortion bill and pushing back against right-wing “propaganda”—though it remains possible that state lawmakers will override his veto.

“This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist.”
—Gov. Roy Cooper

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that he was vetoing the so-called “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” or Senate Bill 359 (pdf).

“Laws already protect newborn babies and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients,” Cooper said in a statement. “This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist.”

Applauding the governor’s decision, the state’s Democratic Party tweeted, “SB 359 is a partisan bill grounded in anti-choice rhetoric, not medical science.”

Both national and local rights groups celebrated Cooper’s move.

“Victory for reproductive freedom!” declared the ACLU of North Carolina.

“Thank you to [Gov. Cooper] for vetoing this extreme legislation,” NARAL Pro-Choice America said on Twitter, “AND dispelling anti-choice propaganda!”

“Wow—this is huge,” said Planned Parenthood Action. The group thanked Cooper “for standing up for healthcare providers in North Carolina and vetoing a bill that was based in neither science nor reality.”

The Center for Reproductive Rights also welcomed the news, charging that the blocked bill was designed to “shame and intimidate people who seek and provide abortion.”

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