N.C. governor vetoes 12-week abortion ban, setting up fight with GOP lawmakers

N.c. Governor Vetoes 12-Week Abortion Ban, Setting Up Fight With Gop Lawmakers - 3K7Ipfxpcgcbzrez4Qdcfxlade
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North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Saturday vetoed a 12-week abortion ban that the state legislature passed, setting up a confrontation between the state’s competing parties and branches of government.

“It will make abortion unavailable to many women, particularly those with lower incomes, those who live in rural areas and those who already have limited access to health care. Therefore, I veto this bill,” Cooper said to raucous applause from abortion rights supporters who came to a rally in the state capital of Raleigh.

The veto faces a steep battle: Republicans hold veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers in the North Carolina legislature and could override his veto to enact the abortion ban. However, Cooper and the state’s abortion rights supporters hope to sway a Republican lawmaker in either chamber to allow the state’s current abortion law — which allows most people to get abortions for up to 20 weeks of pregnancy — to…

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This article was written by Silvia Foster-Frau and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com