Updated 05/16/23, 9:13 p.m.: Gov. Cooper’s veto was overridden by both houses of the NCGA on Tuesday. The votes were along party lines — 30-20 in the Senate and 72-48 in the House.
S.B. 20 is now state law.
“I am proud that the House has overridden the Governor’s veto of this meaningful, mainstream legislation," House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland, Rutherford) said in a press release. "Senate Bill 20 will save lives and provide needed support for women and families while putting North Carolina’s abortion law in line with the most of rest of the free world."
Cooper, in a statement, said that North Carolinians now can see that state Republicans are "unified in their assault on women's reproductive freedoms."
"Strong majorities of North Carolinians don't want right-wing politicians in the exam room with women and their doctors, which is even more understandable today after several Republican lawmakers broke their promises to protect women's reproductive freedoms," Cooper said.
Updated 05/13/23, 12:24 p.m.: Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the bill. It now heads back to the NCGA where a veto override is possible.
A 12-week abortion ban bill has passed the N.C. House with a vote of 71-46. The N.C. Senate is expected to vote on it tomorrow.