abortion ban

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The beginning of a frightening new era in North Carolina

BY: - June 30, 2023

I’ve always been intentional about distinguishing myself as “from New Orleans” rather than “from Louisiana.” I am ashamed to be from Louisiana, a state that has passed one of the strictest abortion bans in the nation. A ban that doesn’t even allow exceptions for rape and incest. Now I can’t help but wonder, is this […]

Abortion rights protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court

A year after Dobbs: Congress takes a back seat on federal abortion policy

BY: - June 20, 2023

Editors’ Note: This report is part of a special States Newsroom series on abortion access one year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion. WASHINGTON — One year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, the courts rather than a divided Congress are leading the […]

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NC legislature overrides governor’s veto of abortion ban to make new restrictions law

BY: - May 16, 2023

Republican state legislators overturned Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a 12-week abortion ban Tuesday as hundreds of spectators packed the chamber galleries or watched from the hallway. Cooper’s veto was canceled in party-line votes in both the House and Senate. The GOP has veto-proof majorities in both chambers. Cooper dramatically vetoed Senate Bill 20 […]

ACLU of NC Senior Policy Counsel Liz Barber on how SB20 would actually impact reproductive rights

BY: - May 15, 2023

In a sudden move that largely threw traditional legislative processes to the wind, the Republican majority of the North Carolina General Assembly passed a far-reaching bill recently that would erect large and burdensome roadblocks from the moment of conception for patients seeking abortion care. On the day following the final vote, NC Newsline caught up […]

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NC physician shares her patient’s painful abortion dilemma

BY: - May 15, 2023

I am a family doctor in North Carolina and taking holistic care of people during their pregnancy as part of my daily job. This includes counseling about genetic testing, medication safety during pregnancy, managing miscarriage, and discussing abortion. I share with permission a patient story that is powerful, and sadly, not unique. The female body […]

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Crowd cheers Gov. Roy Cooper as he vetoes abortion ban

BY: - May 13, 2023

A crowd cheered Gov. Roy Cooper as he vetoed a Republican-authored abortion ban in an unusual rally that capped off a week of attempts to pressure a small group of GOP legislators into letting the veto stand.  Some bills are signed in public ceremonies, but bill vetoes don’t usually draw enthusiastic audiences. For Senate Bill […]

Abortion rights demonstrators

How and why did my choices become a political statement?

BY: and - May 13, 2023

For the past decade, anti-abortion lawmakers have needlessly and relentlessly attacked our right to bodily autonomy, and our right to access safe and legal abortion care in North Carolina. These lawmakers have been especially ruthless this session in their attempt to take away the right of all North Carolinians to access an abortion. Access to […]

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UNC experts: Abortion ban proposal is not what sponsors say it is

BY: - May 9, 2023

By Maxine Eichner, Professor, UNC School of Law; Amy Bryant, MD, MSCR; Mimi Chapman, Professor, UNC School of Social Work; Sian Curtis, Professor, UNC School of Public Health; Rebecca Kreitzer, Associate Professor, UNC, Department of Public Policy; Jessica Morse, MD, MPH; Erica Pettigrew, MD, JD, MPH; Alison M. Stuebe, MD, MSc; and Jennifer Tang, MD, MSCR, […]


Five simple reasons Gov. Cooper’s promised abortion bill veto must be sustained

BY: - May 9, 2023

It’s been fifty years now since North Carolina women secured the basic right – if not always the practical ability – to control their own bodies when it comes to deciding whether to carry a pregnancy to term. If Republican legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly get their way, however, that fundamental human right […]