Photo courtesy of N.C. Department of Public Safety

Over the weekend, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed N.C. Senate Bill 20 (SB20), a bill that would have effectively banned abortion in North Carolina beyond 12 weeks.

According to a release on the governor’s official website, if put into effect, SB20 would ban all abortion after 12 weeks in North Carolina. It would also ban medication abortions — which account for 60% of abortions in the state — after 10 weeks, increase the number of patient-required appointments, and put new procedures in place that “don’t contribute to patient safety.”

Currently, abortion is legal in North Carolina up to 20 weeks of pregnancy. 

“Let’s be clear – this bill has nothing to do with making women safer, and everything to do with banning abortion,” Governor Cooper said at a rally for reproductive rights on Saturday. 

“How about we leave medicine to the doctors and the decisions to the women.”

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