Roy Cooper, the Democratic Governor of North Carolina, recently vetoed a controversial bill that would be banning most abortions after 12 weeks. His decision could likely set up an override effort from the state legislature- where the Republicans have a supermajority. The swift veto by the Governor came just a week after the state Senate, which is controlled by the Republicans, advanced the bill to his desk for a party-line vote.
Speaking to his supporters at a rally in Raleigh just prior to his veto, the Governor urged those who had gathered to put immense pressure on four of the state Republican legislators who had, interestingly, sworn to protect abortion rights. He asked them to compel the Republicans to stand by their statements, and not join in a veto override.
Governor Roy Cooper Has Vetoed The Abortion Ban Bill
At the Saturday rally, Roy Cooper stated that they would be bringing things to an even higher gear when the veto stamp would come down. If just a single Republican in either the Senate or the House managed to keep their campaign promise to protect the reproductive health of women, they would be able to stop this ban. But this would take every single citizen to make calls, write letters, and send emails. The supporters should be telling them to sustain the veto.
Before the veto, Roy Cooper had incidentally moved to create more pressure on the four aforementioned Republicans- Representatives John Bradford, Ted Davis, Michael Lee, and Tricia Cotham- by paying them visits to their districts. All of the representatives had sworn to protect abortion rights and held multiple roundtable discussions on the topic in the hopes of appealing to the lawmakers, as well as the constituents.