On Saturday, May 13, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 20 — which would ban abortions in North Carolina after 12 weeks with some exceptions — in front of a crowd of doctors, politicians, clinic escorts and hundreds of pro-choice North Carolinians at Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh.
The bill, named the Care for Women, Children, and Families Act, was passed by both houses of the N.C. General Assembly earlier this month.
Republicans recently gained a supermajority in the General Assembly, which would allow for Cooper’s veto to be overridden as it now returns to the legislature.
“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,” Cooper said.
At the veto rally, Cooper and N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein, a candidate in the 2024 gubernatorial race, told attendees to email and call four members of the General Assembly who they said could help prevent a veto override — N.C. Reps. John Bradford (R-Mecklenburg), Tricia Cotham (R-Mecklenburg), Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) and N.C. Sen. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover).
“If just one Republican in either the House or the Senate keeps their campaign promise to protect women’s reproductive health, we can stop this ban,” he said.
Voting is important to the state of reproductive rights, Stein said.
“We must win seats in the General Assembly, we must win seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court and we must win the governor's office in 2024,” he said. “If we don't, they will completely ban abortion in North Carolina.”
Cooper said the bill not only bans abortion after 12 weeks, but also bans medication abortion after 10 weeks and puts clinics across the state at risk of closing.