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Vote to override pro-abortion veto put off until July 21 in North Carolina

by | Jul 2, 2021

By Dave Andrusko

There were signs that the vote to attempt to override North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s June 25th veto of a pro-life bill was going to be delayed.

Today Richard Craver of the Winston Salem Journal confirmed that the vote to override Cooper’s veto of the Human Life Nondiscrimination Act/No Eugenics had been pushed off until July 21.

HB 453 prohibits abortionists from performing abortions if a woman is seeking it because of race, sex or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. 

Claver explained there are 28 Senate Republicans and 22 Senate Democrats. In the House, there are 69 Republicans and 53 Democrats. “At least 30 votes are required in the Senate to override a governor’s veto, as well as at least 72 in the House,” he wrote.

“Gender, race, and disability are protected classes in most other contexts,” House speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said in a statement. “Why should we allow the unborn to be discriminated against for these same traits?

“The message sent by this veto is that some human life is more valuable than others based on immutable characteristics.”

House and Senate Democrat objections to HB 453 mirror the sentiments found in Cooper’s veto message:  “This bill is unconstitutional and it damages the doctor-patient relationship with an unprecedented government intrusion.”

Not so, said Sen. Amy Galey. “This bill simply puts an end to eugenics,” she said in a statement. “It shouldn’t be controversial to protect an unborn child with Down syndrome, but Gov. Cooper proves once again that he’s unwilling to stand up for North Carolinians when his left-wing donors demand his loyalty.”

According to Lucille Sherman, reporting for the Herald Sun,

Sen. Joyce Krawiec, a Republican from Kernersville, has pointed to laws that prevent discrimination based on race or disability in educational and judicial systems and in the workforce.

“Yet babies with the same characteristics can be aborted, simply because of their race or their disability,” Krawiec said. “This is eugenics in its worst form. This Human Life Non-Discrimination Act will end this atrocity.”

Claver explained

The three-page bill would require a physician “to confirm before the abortion that the woman is not seeking an abortion because of any of the following: the actual or presumed race or racial makeup of the unborn child; the sex of the unborn child; the presence or presumed presence of Down syndrome.”

During floor debate, Sen. Krawiec said that “she considers allowing abortions to take place for any of the three reasons cited in the bill as ‘eugenics in its worst form,’” according to Klaver. “Nothing could be more stigmatizing than … for anyone to lose their life because of their race, or because of their disability.”

The eugenics implication of such abortions is patently obvious, which is why opponents did their best to change the subject to something else. Claver noted that eugenics is a very sensitive topic in North Carolina.

“The state ran one of the most aggressive sterilization programs in the country from 1929 through 1974, rendering barren more than 7,600 men, women and children on often flimsy evidence that they were mentally or physically unfit to reproduce,” he wrote.

In April 2013, a poll taken by The Polling Company found that 85% of respondents supported banning sex-selection abortions. “There are now 18 states that have enacted laws protecting unborn children from discrimination based on their sex, race, and/or disability,” according to NRLC’s Department of State Legislation.

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