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North Carolina protects unborn after 12 weeks

Protesters on both sides of the issue hold signs Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C., as they wait to enter the Senate gallery. Associated Press/Photo by Chris Seward

North Carolina protects unborn after 12 weeks

North Carolina lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a pro-life bill Tuesday night amid protests. Republicans hold a supermajority, and both the Senate and House voted Tuesday along party lines. The new law carries exceptions for rape or incest up to 20 weeks, for “life-limiting” fetal anomalies up to 24 weeks, and for medical emergencies.

What’s happening in other states? South Carolina is considering legislation protecting the unborn after a heartbeat can be detected. Lawmakers folded protections for the unborn in Nebraska into a bill that protects minors from transgender medical interventions Tuesday. They could vote as soon as Thursday. The Montana governor signed a measure Tuesday that protects the unborn from dismemberment abortion, typically implemented after 15 weeks.

Dig deeper: Read Leah Savas’ report in Vitals on lawmakers trying to pass the pro-life law in South Carolina.

Mary Muncy

Mary Muncy is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. She graduated from World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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