Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

People gather to protest the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24 in Raleigh, N.C. (photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

In North Carolina, GOP leaders say socially conservative Democrats could hold the key to a six-week ban

In the months after the fall of Roe v. Wade, North Carolina experienced the largest spike in abortions of any state — its numbers fueled by a relatively permissive law and a Democratic governor promising to block the Republican-led legislature from enacting antiabortion measures.

But in recent weeks hard-liners in Raleigh have launched a plan to override a future veto and ban abortions as soon as around six weeks of pregnancy.

At the center of the effort are a handful of Democratic legislators with a history of voting for antiabortion legislation and who could now provide the GOP with enough votes to override a veto by Gov. Roy Cooper (D). That group, which includes two pastors of predominantly Black Baptist churches, is facing pressure from both sides.


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