Action: Tell NC House Not to Override Veto on so called “Born Alive” bill – 5/2019

Please write, email and/or call your NC House representative to vote to maintain Governor Cooper’s veto of the so called “Born Alive” bill (vote against the veto override). Also write Speaker of the House Tim Moore at how outraged you are at the games being played to override the veto. Here is how to find your representative and ideas on what you can say. If you write or email, your representative should write you back. 

Background:

Women and allies took to the street, to city halls, and to women’s clinics, to protest the rash of abortion bans around the country. There are against these unconstitutional attempts to gut Roe v. Wade, control women, and punish doctors. We know of 9 protests just in North Carolina. We have our own ban bill in play in North Carolina (SB359/so called “Born Alive” bill, and more bad anti-abortion bills which had been filed this session here and here. Right now, the only one in play is SB359, “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

SB359 vilifies doctors and medical staff. According to WRAL, the bill “made it a felony for doctors to fail to perform life-saving measures on a baby born alive despite an abortion attempt and created a new duty to report these doctors for nurses and other staff. ” The bill also makes up a fine of up to $250,000 on doctors and staff (staff for failure to report a doctor).

According to NC NOW Legislative Update #16,
“The games around scheduling a House vote on SB359, Born Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act, continued another week.  The Governor vetoed the bill on April 18, and the Senate voted to override the veto on April 30.   One Democrat, Sen. Don Davis of Pitt County, voted with the Republicans to override the veto.   His vote has created a tremendous backlash, and several progressive groups have vowed to recruit a candidate to challenge him in his primary in 2020. ” Read about Governors veto with WRAL.

That legislative update also explains how vetoes work in the House. “Republicans do not have a veto-proof majority in the House—the Republicans have 65 seats and Democrats have 55. To override a veto requires a 2/3 majority (72 votes if all members are present and voting) or 2/3 of those present and voting. In order to override a veto, Republicans must either win some votes from Democratic members or call for a vote when some Democrats are absent.”

This bill is based on model legislation drafted by Americans United for Life (AUL), according to Rewire.com.

How to find your representative

Write your own representative and also write the legislative leader of the House, Speaker Tim Moore. Reach Moore at Tim.Moore@ncleg.net, 919-733-3451.

Find your own representative at Who Represents Me NC. Type in your home address. Then click on your NC House representative who comes up. That will take you to the NC Legislature page with that representative’s contact information, including phone number and email. In this case of this address, the NC House shows Representative Joe John. So click on Joe John’s name in blue.

Ideas on what to write or say

If you write or email, your representative should write you back, meaning someone really needs to pay attention.  You can alter these emails as you please, this is something easy that will work.

To House Speaker Tim Moore, you could write

Subject: Stop playing games with the attempted override of SB359

Dear Speaker Moore,

As Speaker of the House, you represent the whole state.

Please stop playing games on the vote to override the Governor’s veto of SB359. It’s a false narrative that abortions regularly occur immediately before birth.

I completely agree with what Governor Cooper said when he vetoed this bill. “Laws already protect newborn babies, and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients.” – Governor Cooper

“This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other health care providers for a practice that simply does not exist.” – Governor Cooper

I support the right to access abortion, and in addition to upholding this veto, I also ask that Representative X vote against any other bills that may come up this session that restrict abortion access.”

NC Lawmakers should be closing rape and sexual assault loopholes in NC law, expanding Medicaid, and ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Sincerely,

<your name, address>

To your own Representative, they generally split on partisan lines, so you can take different a different approach depending on your representative’s party as I do here. Or note. Feel free to edit. There are many more things that could be said. 

(To Democrats, including the 4 who voted for the bill in April)

Subject: Please vote against the attempted override of SB359, uphold the Governor’s veto

Dear Representative <>,

I am your constituent. Please stand strong in upholding Governor Cooper’s veto of SB359. It’s a false narrative that abortions regularly occur immediately before birth. 

I completely agree with what Governor Cooper said when he vetoed this bill. “Laws already protect newborn babies, and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients.” – Governor Cooper

“This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other health care providers for a practice that simply does not exist.” – Governor Cooper

I support the right to access abortion, and in addition to upholding this veto, I also ask that you vote against any other bills that may come up this session that restrict abortion access.”

As you know, it is very important for you to be present in case of the vote, and not leaving the chamber for any reason. I’m sorry the legislative leadership play these terrible games (around 11 scheduled votes already).

NC Lawmakers should be closing rape and sexual assault loopholes in NC law, expanding Medicaid, and ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Sincerely,

<your name, address>

(To Republicans that voted for SB359 in April)

Dear Representative <>,

Subject: Please vote against the attempted override of SB359, uphold the Governor’s veto

I am your constituent. Please vote to uphold Governor Cooper’s veto of SB359. It’s a false narrative that abortions regularly occur immediately before birth. There are laws to protect newborn babies already. SB359 vilifies doctors and medical staff for a problem that doesn’t exist.

I support the right to access abortion, and in addition to upholding this veto, I also ask that you vote against any other bills that may come up this session that restrict abortion access.

NC Lawmakers should be closing rape and sexual assault loopholes in NC law, expanding Medicaid, and ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Sincerely,

<your name, address>

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