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