North Carolina’s Legislature Fails to Override Veto by Democratic Governor on Infanticide Bill

FILE – In a Feb. 6, 2019 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks with reporters after testifying before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing on climate change, on Capitol Hill in Washington. North Carolina Republicans and their allies trying to gather enough votes to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a “born alive” bill. House Speaker Tim Moore and others spoke at a news conference Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in support for the measure, hours before the scheduled override vote. / Cliff Owen

North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature failed to override a veto by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper that defeated a bill aimed at protecting the lives of babies born during an abortion.

While the North Carolina Senate was able to garner the two-thirds majority necessary to override the veto against State Senate Bill 359, the House failed to get the necessary majority, with a 67-53 vote.

In a statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Governor Cooper said that he agreed with the legislature upholding his veto, labeling the vetoed bill “unnecessary.”

“It’s important to protect the lives of all children, and laws already exist to protect newborn babies,” tweeted Cooper.

“Instead of passing unnecessary legislation for political purposes we need to move on from divisive social issues and focus on the needs of North Carolina families: education, health care and good-paying jobs.”

Also called the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” SB 359 mandated that babies that survived an abortion were given quality health care, including being transferred to the nearest hospital.

“… any health care practitioner present at the time the child is born alive shall … Exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” read the bill in part.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski