Pro-Life Victories Continue as North Carolina Legislature Overrides Gov. Perdue’s Veto of Informed Consent Legislation

By Dave Andrusko

Gov. Beverly Perdue

When the North Carolina Senate overrode Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of The Woman’s Right to Know Act this morning, it was proof-positive that every vote counts.

In North Carolina, a 3/5ths vote is required to override a veto—29 votes in the Senate. The vote was 29 to 20.

Yesterday the House overrode the governor’s veto– again with exactly the number of votes required—72-47. In both cases persistent, positive lobbying persuaded holdouts to see the wisdom of informed consent legislation, such as H845. The law takes effect in 90 days.

“One person—the governor—tried to thwart the will of the people, but the people spoke, through the legislative branch,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee Balch. “Informed consent laws are exactly the kind of reasonable legislation that most people think should be the norm.”

It would be difficult to imagine a more middle-of-the-road, commonsensical piece of legislation, the goal of which is to give women information and time to assimilate it before she makes a life and death decision.

Under H854 women will be offered a booklet compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services at least 24 hours prior to an abortion. Contained will be scientifically accurate information about risks, alternatives, and information on the development of the unborn child. In addition this informed consent bill also provides that an ultrasound image of the unborn child be displayed at least four hours prior to an abortion so that the mother might view the image.

This is the second time pro-lifers have overcome resistance from the governor this session. Last month they overrode Gov. Perdue’s veto of the state budget, a budget which included a provision to strip all federal and state money from Planned Parenthood.

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