North Carolina's Democratic governor Roy Cooper brandishes abortion veto

 May 16, 2023

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper (D) exposed his party's radical stance on abortion by vetoing a 12-week ban at a public rally.

Cooper flaunted the veto at a large public gathering in Raleigh on Saturday -- one day before Mother's Day -- while challenging Republicans to protect abortion "care."

“If just one Republican in either the House or the Senate keeps a campaign promise to protect women’s reproductive health, we can stop this ban,” Cooper said.

Republicans were expected to override the veto Tuesday, using their veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

Abortion ban vetoed

At Saturday's rally, Cooper sought to portray the 12-week ban as extreme. He did not mention the bill's exceptions for rape, incest, and cases where the life of the mother or baby are threatened.

“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 on women’s health,” Cooper said.

Without noting the bill includes $160 million for paid family leave and adoption services, the governor condemned the "monster bill," saying it forces women to "navigate a wicked obstacle course just to get care." That perilous "obstacle course" includes three doctor visits before receiving an abortion.

The ban is the least restrictive since Roe ended, Politico noted. Still, it's apparently too "extreme" for the left.

The takeaway for many conservatives will be that compromise is futile -- Democrats will reject even the most reasonable restrictions.

Republicans will override

Still, Republicans are wrapped up in their own debate on how severely to restrict abortion since Roe v. Wade was toppled, with some urging stronger restrictions and others advising moderation to mitigate political backlash.

Among those in the latter camp is President Donald Trump, who blasted rival Ron DeSantis (R) for signing a "harsh" six-week ban. At the same time, Trump and other Republicans have attacked Democrats for embracing abortion without limits.

That seems to be the case in North Carolina. If Cooper believes in any abortion restrictions, he hasn't shared them.

The state's senate president Phil Berger (R) slammed Cooper for "feeding the public lies” and “bullying” Republicans to let the veto stand.

"I look forward to promptly overriding his veto,” Berger said in a statement.

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