North Carolina could be ‘toughest battleground’ for abortion ban
Thirteen states have passed so-called trigger laws. These are abortion bans that are set to come into effect if the High Court overturns Roe.
North Carolina isn’t one of those states, but that doesn’t mean abortion isn’t facing challenges from state lawmakers.
Democrats boast of having and continuing to repeal restrictive laws.
It remains to be seen how long they can hold that line.
There would be an opening for the Republican-controlled legislature to enact some laws, and the pressure will be there.
“We’re going to be surrounded by states certainly south and west where abortion is quickly becoming illegal, and people are starting to come to North Carolina for abortions,” said Steven Greene, a political science professor at NC State.
The Democrats are preparing for a big change and a fierce war ahead.
“To be clear, if we don’t elect pro-choice Democrats in November, North Carolina will become the next Texas, Florida, Oklahoma,” said Sen. Natalie Murdock, who represents County Durham.
They are trying to reassure their constituents that they will block the bans.
“The Democrats in the Senate number 22 and we will continue to protect women’s reproductive health rights in the Senate. Republicans need 30 votes in the Senate to override a veto. As long as we’re here, that won’t won’t happen,” said Sen. Wiley Nickel, who represents Wake County.
Republicans could win more seats in the midterm elections, strengthen their grip and pass legislation quickly.
ABC11 has reached out to House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger. Both GOP leaders are up for re-election.
We specifically asked if there were any plans to write state-level legislation if Roe vs. Wade were reversed.
ABC11 has not heard from either lawmaker.
Greene said he thinks abortion will be the main issue when voters cast their ballots.
“We’re a very divided state on this. If you’re in Texas, you know what’s going to happen, they’re going to severely restrict or ban abortion. If you’re in California, you know they’re going to protect the abortion. But we’re a swing state. We’re a purple state. We’re a state that can go either way, so we’re honestly going to be one of the hardest fought battlegrounds on abortion in years coming,” Greene said.
Governor Roy Cooper strongly encourages other governors to stand up to “work to uphold a woman’s right to choose.”
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