Recently, the NC General Assembly passed historic legislation in response to Roe v. Wade being overturned. The “Care for Women, Children, and Families Act” (SB20), is designed to save at least 4,000 precious unborn babies each year from the horror of abortion, and likely thousands more when you factor in its restrictions against chemical abortions. Furthermore, with 76% of abortion-determined women reporting that they would choose life if their circumstances were different, the bill is commendable for going to great lengths to ensure pro-life funding and resources are available to help care for both the mother and the child.
It is a good step in the right direction—toward making NC a destination for life instead of a destination for abortion.
For nearly two years, we have been working extremely hard to try and save as many babies as possible. In addition to maintaining a continued pro-values presence at the General Assembly, our team has sought a wide assortment of strategies to protect the unborn. From filing an Amicus brief in the Dobbs case that overturned Roe; to drafting a 37 page pro-life protections bill; to conducting media-cited statewide polling on abortion; to fielding press interviews from state and national organizations like the New York Times and the News and Observer; to organizing a number of click-to-contact campaigns that amplified and connected your voice to your legislator, we have fought hard for as many protections for unborn babies and their mothers as possible. We applaud General Assembly members who took this courageous first step in protecting life for the unborn and providing care for pregnant women in hard circumstances bypassing the “Care for Women, Children and Families Act.”
However, Governor Cooper is expected to veto the legislation, because his extreme view is that abortion should be unrestricted up until the day of birth. Governor Cooper was able to put enough pressure on members of his own party tovote against their consciences. Now that he is running out of options, he’s adopted the strategy of a bully, calling out four Republicans by name and pressuring them to vote against their consciences and their party as well. He has announced that before he vetoes the bill, he will travel the state this week in an effort to put pressure on these four Republicans to sustain his veto. It will only take one defecting Republican to make that happen. In Nebraska, pro-life legislation was thwarted when just a single Republican held out voting for their pro-life bill’s advance.
We can’t let that happen in North Carolina.
Today we have teamed up with SBA Pro-Life America—America’s leading pro-life group—to launch a five-figure digital campaign in response to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s targeted attacks on legislators.
However, we need to do even more. Your legislators need to hear from you. Would you please consider taking a minute to contact your legislators using our click-to-contact tool, and encourage them to vote to override Gov. Cooper’s expected veto?
Tami & Team,