North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #5 – 1 March 2021
A Human Life Amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution (HB158) has been introduced. Some versions of this amendment stipulate that human life begins with implantation, that is, when a fertilized egg implants on the lining of the uterus. But this amendment is much more drastic. It provides that human life begins at fertilization, before a fertilized egg reaches the uterus. In short, this amendment would define human life as beginning before pregnancy. The intent of Human Life Amendments is to effectively outlaw all abortions.
The Governor has vetoed Senate Bill 37, In-Person Learning Choice for Families, because he believes it does not mandate adequate safety protections for in-person learning. Since the bill passed with enough Democratic votes for a veto-proof majority, it is expected that the veto will be overridden. Rep. Rosa Gill introduced a bill (HB112) that meets the Governor’s requirements, but her bill has been sent to the House Rules Committee. For more information, see: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article249380150.html?ac_cid=DM394619&ac_bid=-422625856
The North Carolina CROWN Act (HB 170= SB 165) has been filed and would prohibit employment discrimination based on traits historically associated with race, hair texture, or hairstyle.
See whole report at NC NOW Legislative Update 5.1 March 2021.v2