The announcement that Planned Parenthood, along with other organizations, filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina due to the state’s law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has caused a favorable response among many in the Chapel Hill community.
The lawsuit was filed in conjunction with similar cases in Missouri and Alaska, which also have laws that strictly regulate a woman’s right to an abortion.
Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler, a senior majoring in history and gender studies who is also a UNC campus leader for NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, is quite enthusiastic about the lawsuit.
“I am fully supportive of the efforts,” Orlovsky-Schnitzler said. “The point of fetal viability is 24 weeks. It is pretty unconstitutional for the state to then to make a limit for 20 weeks.”
While Orlovsky-Schnitzler believes this is a positive action for female bodily autonomy, she understands that hurdles still lay ahead of her organization’s goal.