North Carolina Governor Vetoes Abortion Ban but Faces Override

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The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, vetoed a ban on abortion that was passed by the state’s Republican-led legislature. The bill prohibited abortion past 12 weeks, with some exceptions for rape, incest or to preserve the life and health of the mother.

The veto by Mr. Cooper, a Democrat, sets him up for a showdown with the legislature, which now has a slim Republican supermajority. That means it has the power to override his veto and enact the ban, if the party can muster enough votes.

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning in Raleigh for Mr. Cooper’s “veto rally” to watch him sign as a way to call attention to his fight with Republicans.

“Standing in the way of progress right now is this Republican supermajority legislature that only took 48 hours to turn the clock back 50 years,” Mr. Cooper said. The crowd around him chanted, “Veto! Veto!”

Why It Matters: North Carolina has been a destination for women seeking abortions.

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This article was written by Kate Kelly and originally published on