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Editorial: Effort to outlaw abortion is political distraction

WRAL.comMay 22, 2019

CBC Editorial: Wednesday, May 22, 2019; Editorial #8424 The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

North Carolina may not be in the eye of the swirling national storm over restricting and abolishing abortion, but it is not from lack of trying.

Efforts to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the “abortion survivors protection act” are on life-support in the state House of Representatives. Speaker Tim Moore keeps shuffling the bill on and off the calendar, hoping to manipulate consideration to a time when enough veto sustainers are absent. The bill is not necessary and is more about politics. Medical professionals already must take all necessary measures to preserve life and it is a crime to kill a baby.

A scheduled veto-override vote on Monday was delayed and another try is set for today. Democrats were so determined to block an override that Rep. Sydney Batch, just two weeks after breast cancer surgery, made sure she was present Monday to back the governor’s veto.

In 2017, the most recent year complete information is available, there was just one abortion performed on a woman whose pregnancy exceeded 20 weeks – out of 22,143 procedures performed in the state that year. Not only does the law already cover the concern, the issue doesn’t exist.

Americans overwhelmingly – more than two-thirds – support current law on women’s access to abortion, as expressed in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decisions. For the first 24 weeks – up until a fetus is viable – a woman can decide to have an abortion. After that, an abortion is permissible ONLY if a doctor determines the health of the mother is at risk by continuing the pregnancy. Then it is not a choice, but a medical necessity. It should not be otherwise. No matter their personal views on abortion, Americans want to keep Roe.

All of the energy being put into eliminating Roe should be directed toward reducing the need for abortion. The central effort should be to reduce problem pregnancies along with strengthening adoption services. Thousands of couples desperately want to adopt children.

Sex education, access to quality health care, credible family planning services, easily available contraception, an increase in the minimum wage, and job training should be central to those efforts.

Women in the United States will not accept the Republican plan to eliminate a woman’s right to choose an abortion before viability. They have had that right for 46 years and they intend to keep it.

2020 cannot come soon enough.

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