Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a “born alive’’ abortion bill was not overridden by North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday.
According to The Hill, the legislation would have required medical professionals to provide the same care to an infant who survives an abortion as they would to any other newborn. Though most members of the state House supported the veto override, 67-53, the legislation failed to get the 60 percent supermajority needed to overturn Cooper’s decision.
Republicans advertised the original bill (which passed both houses), as an effort to prevent infanticide rather than to prevent abortions. If this bill becomes a law, all of the providers who did not comply will be proclaimed guilty and will get sanctioned for up to $250,000.
Democrats opposed the bill, saying that it stops doctors to participate in legal abortions.
In his veto message in April, Roy Cooper said: “Laws already protect newborn babies, and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients. This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist.’’
53 out of 54 Democrats stood with Cooper decision. On the other hand, every Republican and one Democrat voted to override the veto.
This bill is part of a greater picture for North Carolina to forbid legal abortion. Several Republican states imposed a lot of limitations for the whole thing and many of them tend to forbid abortion after the first heartbeat of the fetus is detected and that is after the sixth week in the pregnancy. Alabama is one of those states as they completely banned abortion unless the mother’s life is at risk.
Those who support abortion said that they hope they can start a Supreme Court challenge that can overturn a decision from 1973 that legalized abortion.