There was very little activity at the legislature last week due to the Fourth of July holiday. However there is one significant action to note. The governor rightly vetoed House Bill 453 that bans Down Syndrome abortions. A veto override vote in the House has been scheduled for July 21. Governor Cooper summed up reasons for opposing the bill in his veto statement: “This bill gives the government control over what happens and what is said in the exam room between a woman and her doctor at a time she faces one of the most difficult decisions of her life. This bill is unconstitutional and it damages the doctor-patient relationship with an unprecedented government intrusion.” For more details, see: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/cooper-vetoes-nc-bill-banning-syndrome-abortions-78493102 ACTION: Contact your state House members and urge them to vote to uphold the governor’s veto of House Bill 453. If the veto is not upheld by the House, there will also be a vote in the Senate; therefore, be prepared to contact your state senator with the same message.
Republican state legislatures, including the North Carolina General Assembly, are deliberately passing unconstitutional restrictions and partial bans on abortion that defy the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion. They know that their law, if passed, will be challenged in court, but they hope that their law will make it to the Supreme Court and be upheld there. We can no longer count on the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold time-honored abortion rights, and that is why we must take vigorous action to stop these laws at the state level.
There has been no progress on the state budget to report. The Senate has passed its budget, and it has been roundly condemned by the governor and many others. We can hope that the House will water down or eliminate some of the worst aspects of the Senate budget in its version. If most of the Senate budget is retained, it is unlikely that the governor will sign it.
See whole report at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update – 12 July 2021