1 NC chamber OKs veto override of “born-alive” abortion bill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Senate has agreed to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation directing doctors and nurses to care for an infant born alive after an attempted abortion as they would any other child, or face a new crime and prison time.
The Senate voted 30-20 on Tuesday night to enact the law over the objections of the Democratic governor. Cooper wrote in his veto message two weeks ago the “born-alive” bill was not needed and would create unnecessary interference between doctors and patients.
Democratic Sen. Don Davis of Greene County and all Senate Republicans voted to override, exactly meeting the three-fifths requirement.
The bill now returns to the House. Republicans there likely need several Democrats to join them to complete the override and make the bill a law.