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No House action on final vote for abortion bill veto outcome

May 7, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A deciding vote on a bill vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper which addresses how live infants born during unsuccessful abortions are treated medically won’t happen until at least next week.

The House adjourned Tuesday without considering the override of Cooper’s veto last month of the “born-alive” abortion measure. The next floor votes are May 15.

The Senate voted to override last week, then the bill sat on the House schedule for several days. House Rules Chairman David Lewis says no action occurred because some members were absent or sick. Several House Democrats likely would have to vote with Republicans to complete the override.

Anti-abortion groups planned a Tuesday evening rally in downtown Raleigh urging an override. Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest was among scheduled speakers.