When North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed anti-abortion restrictions passed by the conservative state legislature last month, it was understood that it was likely to be a longshot if her vetoes were upheld. After all, numerous other pieces of legislation that the Democratic governor had vetoed during the year, including a bill that sought to ban funding to Planned Parenthood, have been overridden by the overwhelmingly Republican majority.
Although the House has already narrowly overridden her veto on mandatory ultrasounds before abortions, which the governor called an attempt by “elected officials seeking to impose their own ideological agenda on others,” the Senate will not be voting until Thursday, and an override is less certain. The vote literally rides on one senator, who said he is likely to vote either no, or just not vote at all.
That one vote will literally make the difference between legislators mandating a women’s health care decisions and attempting to place additional burdens on her legal right to an abortion, or the governor’s decision to trust women.
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