North Carolina Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto Of Anti-Choice Bill

Last month, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) vetoed The Woman’s Right To Know Act, anti-abortion legislation that forces women to obtain ultrasounds, state-mandated counseling, and wait 24 hours before an abortion procedure. Though the bill originally passed the state House and state Senate with one vote short of the three-fifths majority needed to override the governor’s veto, anti-choice Republicans have now leaped that hurdle. Yesterday, the state House voted 72-48 to override her veto. Today, the state Senate followed suit. After the one Republican who originally voted against the bill in June left the building, the state Senate voted 29-19 to cancel the veto. It is estimated that the measure, now law, would “lead to around 2,900 additional births annually and would cost taxpayers $6.7 million in the first year and $35 million over 5 years.”