Headline RoundupMay 17th, 2023

Led by GOP Lawmakers, North Carolina Bans Most Abortions After 12 Weeks

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On Tuesday, North Carolina Republican legislators banned most abortions after 12 weeks, overriding the veto of Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. The current law allows for abortions in North Carolina after 20 weeks.

The Details: The bill, which was upheld along party lines in the North Carolina Senate and House, includes exceptions for rape, incest, or a "life-limiting anomaly" in the fetus. It will take effect on July 1.

Key Quotes: “Today the North Carolina House of Representatives has affirmed the value of human life, and I am proud that the ‘Care for Women, Children, and Families Act’ is now law,” House Speaker Tim Moore (R) said in a statement. "North Carolinians now understand that Republicans are unified in their assault on women's reproductive freedom and we are energized to fight back on this and other critical issues facing our state," Cooper said.

For Context: North Carolina is the latest state to  restrict access to abortion since the overturning of Roe v. Wade last year by the Supreme Court.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum highlighted how Republicans overrode Cooper's veto, with many noting Cooper's recent efforts to encourage Republican legislators to side with the Democrats and oppose the bill.

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