The Biden administration s not happy that North Carolina is protecting babies form abortion.
The Care for Women, Children and Families Act protecting unborn children at 12 weeks is now law in North Carolina following supermajority votes to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto.
That means thousands of babies every year will be saved from abortion and North Carolina will no longer be an abortion tourism state.
But White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is not happy, and thinks protecting babies is “dangerous.”
“Today, Republican state legislators in North Carolina overturned Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a dangerous bill that is out of touch with the majority of North Carolinians and will make it even more difficult for women to get the reproductive health care they need,” she said.
Biden’s spokeswoman is wrong.
First, the new measure would provide limited exceptions for cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormality and currently law already provides a life of the mother exception. So health care for women in need is fully protected.
Secondly, polling data shows a majority of North Carolina residents support the new law.
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In reality, protecting babies at 12-weeks has the support of 62% of North Carolinians, including 68% of Independents and 61% of women. The vast majority of Americans agree. According to a recent Marist poll, seven in 10 Americans support limiting abortion to the first three months of pregnancy at most. A Harvard-Harris poll had similar findings with 72% of voters – and 75% of women – wanting to protect life by no later than 15 weeks.
Based on the most recent CDC data, protecting unborn children at 12 weeks could potentially save 3,000 babies from abortions every year, not including reducing abortion tourism from other states that have legal protections for unborn children.
Medical experts testified in support of the bill, including Dr. Susan Bane, FACOG, a board-certified Greenville OB-GYN with more than 20 years in practice; Dr. Marty McCaffrey, a professor of pediatrics and a Charlotte Lozier Institute associate scholar; and Dr. Jeffrey Wright, FACOG.
Provisions of the Care for Women, Children and Families Act include:
No mail-order abortion pills – maintains current law requiring abortion pills to be administered in person by a doctor, strengthens informed consent on the danger of abortion pills, requires an in-person examination, prohibits advertising illegal sales of abortion pills.
Protects abortion survivors – babies born alive in failed abortions are entitled to the same legal protections and standard of medical care as any other baby of the same gestational age.
Combats discrimination – protects unborn children from discrimination based on sex, race or Down syndrome.
Protects women’s health, safety and informed consent:
Requires the same health and safety standards for abortion facilities as for other ambulatory surgical centers.
Ensures that women are not rushed or coerced into unwanted abortions.
Safeguards the life of the mother in the event of a medical emergency.
Specifically makes clear that treatment for ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage does not constitute abortion.
Limits elective and late-term abortions – exceptions include rape and incest up to five months and life-limiting fetal anomalies up to six months, with the requirement that palliative care consultation be offered.
The bill provides $160 million in support for children, families and maternal health, including:
$75 million to expand access to child care.
Nearly $59 million (not including federal matching funds) for foster care, kinship care and children’s homes.
$20 million for maternity and paternity leave for teachers and state employees.
Over $16 million (including federal matching funds) to reduce infant and maternal mortality.
$3 million to help mothers and fathers complete community college.
Caitlin Connors, southern regional director for SBA Pro-Life America, praised North Carolina lawmakers for reaching consensus to strengthen protections for women and children. She told LifeNews:
“The Care for Women, Children and Families Act is deeply pro-life and pro-woman and a major step forward for North Carolina. This bill would protect thousands of lives a year from brutal abortions at a point when unborn babies have beating hearts, recognizable faces and unique fingerprints forming, and the capacity to suffer, as well as stopping dangerous mail-order abortion pills and more. It demonstrates the legislature’s serious commitment to giving women and families in North Carolina the support they need to thrive. We thank our allies, particularly our Pro-Life Caucus member Sen. Krawiec, Speaker Moore and Senate Leader Berger, Tami Fitzgerald and all the local advocates who’ve championed this bill and we hope to see it swiftly passed. Governor Cooper and Attorney General Stein oppose the will of the people at their political peril.”
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America announced the findings of a new poll revealing that nearly two-thirds (62%) of voters in the state support protecting unborn children at 12 weeks. Results also show that 67% of the state’s voters support North Carolina’s existing parental consent laws.
Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina voters support protecting unborn children by at least 12 weeks, according to a poll by Differentiator Data. Only 22% of voters agree with allowing abortion up until birth, the position held by Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein. The poll surveyed 500 registered voters from January 9-12, 2023, and has a margin of error of 4.5%.
By 12 weeks’ gestation, all major organs have formed and the heart has beat over 10 million times. At this stage, babies suck their thumbs and already have a right-hand or left-hand preference. Prominent facial features including the nose, cheeks, eyes and ears are recognizable; teeth are developing; and the body responds to touch. For more information on fetal development, see Charlotte Lozier Institute’s “12 Facts at 12 Weeks.”
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