North Carolina Overrides Abortion Veto Thanks To “Excused” Senators


Despite the best efforts of Democratic Governor Bev Perdue and reproductive health advocates, North Carolina has officially overridden Perdue’s veto of the 24 hour mandatory ultrasound and wait period for abortions, as well as additional fetal development and child supporting information made mandatory in the new “Women’s Right to Know” Act.

It was expected from the start that the override would be close — the original bill passed the Senate only two votes shy of a veto-proof majority.  But in the end, the bill made it because the two Republicans who did not support it in the original vote chose to ask for “excused absences” for the day.

Rather than chose between voting for the bill and bucking the rest of the party, or voting against the bill and allowing the veto to stand and the bill to be tabled, or even just not voting, the two senators who wouldn’t vote with their party received excused absences to miss the vote.  With two missing, the number needed to override the veto dropped from 30 votes to 29.  With a completely party line vote, the Republicans had exactly enough members to override the veto.

Now, North Carolina will have some of the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the country go onto the books.  The ultrasound, waiting period and “informed consent” requirements have no exceptions for victims of rape, incest or those who are seeking abortions for health concerns, making it one of the most restrictive in the nation.

The new law will go into effect in 90 days.

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Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson6 years ago

Apparently,North Carolina's Republicans believe that women are too stupid to make decisions that concern not only their lives but the lives of their familys. the contradiction amazes me. the same woman who is smart enough to RAISE a child isnt considered smart enough to know she shouldn;t do it!All the ultrasounds and lectures in the world won't convince ANY woman that she should give birth to her abusive father's child.NOBODY KNOWS better than the WOMAN HERSELF.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

Ugh, NC is owned by the drug companies in the Research Triangle Park. These filthy rich and greedy drug companies just want to ensure there is a high supply of people (customers or marks) to keep bringing them profits.

Lilithe Magdalene

I'm trying to be nice these days, but all I can say to the two Republican legislators who stayed home - chickensh-t.

Lori E.
Lori E6 years ago

I know not to move there now!

Ernie Miller
william M6 years ago


Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

North Carolina is a state run by men, who don't particularly respect or like women. If they did, they would respect them enough, to make their own choices. Apparently, they want a PARENT-CHILD relationship with their women, as apposed to an ADULT-ADULT relationship.

I don't see them getting any more of my vacation dollars.
I believe in putting my money (or not), where my mouth is.

To Lynn S. & Glenna J.: Just take the brain of many males out of the equasion.
Their top priority is the old POWER & CONTROL. They siimply won't stop!
I am thankful for the intelligent and caring men on this site.

Debra Van Way
Debra Van Way6 years ago

What is even more pathetic about the southern states-if you are married you must have your husband's consent to have your tubes tied. Mine didn't want to sign until he got an ultimatum. Let's just say the ultimatum involved a body part he was "very" attached to being cut off-literally. Oddly enough-he signed. Imagine that. Then I divorced him.

Deborah L.
Deborah L6 years ago

I believe that all of these forced servitude pregnancies, and that is what it is, forced servitude, once born, should be turned over immediately to the Repugs,'s, GOPers and right-to-lifers and other anti-abortion/birth control opposers who have forced yet another non necessary and unwanted excessive human onto an already over populated planet.Since they are so hellbent on all pregnancies being forced to term, let them then take on the responsibility of caring for this 6.9 billionth human on the face of the earth. Perhaps if they were forced to care for these babies they obviously want so much, then let them by all means step up and practice what they preach.

I am discussed with these nosy busybodies who feel it is they right to interfere with the reproduction rights of other women when it is clearly none of their da--ed business. So make them take on these unwanted babies. Bet very few of them would and if they did have to be responsible for them, I bet they would quickly withdraw their demands of every pregnancy ending in birth.

Dianna M.
Dianna M6 years ago

I am impressed by Governor Bev Perdue and her use of the veto. She'll probably die a horrible death (politically speaking) because of it, which is too bad because we need more like her. But, the same people who voted for the senators that overrode her veto will probably vote against her in her next bid, all outraged that she actually dared to stand up for the rights of women.

Yes, you're Saving The Life Of Unborn Children--but after they're born, they're on their own, even if you fathered the kid because you're not paying child support.

Quantity, not quality, is the battle cry. Whether the "pro-lifers" admit it or not.

Lynn Squance
Lynn S6 years ago

North Carolina, what century are you in? You seriously need to rethink your committment to the human race and women in general. The way you are going, you are sending women back to the back alley abortionist where their lives are endangered. You're telling them that they are incapable of making decisions. Well I think that if you're hoping women will be the perfect southern belle, I think you're about to have your bell rung loudly!

To Republican Senators Bingham and Stevens, you showed some real class by originally voting against the bill. What happened when it came to the veto override? For asking to be excused from the vote, you should each be excused from your wife's bed. Shame on you.

@ Glenna J
To your question: Why is it that people don't think women have a brain? That we can't think & reason?
Glenna, if you mean why is it that MEN don't think women have a brain, I suspect it's because men don't use theirs for thinking, and because we're anatomically different, they don't recognise our brains are in our heads.

Women should have control of their bodies! They should have the right to choose what is best for them!