North Carolina bans abortion after the twelfth week of pregnancy

Protests in Raleigh, North Carolina, over the ban on abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. – Europa Press/Contacto/Bob Karp

The Republican majority in the House of Representatives of the U.S. state of North Carolina has approved a bill that would ban abortion after the twelfth week of pregnancy.

The governor of the state, Roy Cooper, of the Democratic Party, has promised to use his veto to prevent the bill from being enacted, but the majority in the Republican House of Representatives will not allow him to do so.

In a statement, Cooper denounced the measure as «restricting women’s access to health care,» and criticized the details of the rule, which among other things requires three visits to a clinic before an abortion is allowed.

The White House, through spokesperson Karine Jean Pierre, has harshly criticized the law: »(Women) have been turned away from emergency rooms, forced to travel hundreds of miles to receive care and left with complications that threaten their ability to have children in the future (as a result of abortion restrictions)».

The president, Joe Biden, and the vice president, Kamala Harris, have vowed to fight this and other restrictive measures that Republican-majority states are putting in place in recent months, since the nationally protective Roe v. Wade decision was overturned in 2022.

North Carolina had positioned itself as a ‘safe haven’ state for women in the southern states of the North American country, as it was one of the least restrictive in the area. However, after the change of party of a congresswoman – who has gone from Democrat to Republican in the last month – the conservatives now have a majority that allows them to ignore the governor’s vetoes.