Veto override vote in N.C. Senate could come down to one vote

3/5ths needed to override veto of the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s update. This evening the North Carolina Senate voted to override the governor’s veto. The vote was exactly the number they needed: 30-20. The House will consider overriding the veto on May 2.

This truly is a legislative session where proposals are so close to passage or failure that often your heart is in your throat.

If ever, and I do mean ever, we needed a reminder that elections do matter, it is 2019. There are a number of proposals—ones we want to advance, others we want defeated—that will be settled by a handful of votes, perhaps even one vote.

Which brings us to vote schedule for late this afternoon in North Carolina to override the veto of pro-abortion Gov. Roy Cooper of a bill that would do no more than require that an abortion survivor receive the same medical treatment (no more but no less) than a baby who is delivered at the same age under normal circumstances.

In a word Senate Bill 359— the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”— simply forbids discrimination in the treatment of a baby who survives the abortionist’s assault.

Cooper’s April 18 veto was no less crushing because everyone knew it was coming. According to reporter Will Duran

Republicans quickly criticized the veto. In a joint statement two of the bill’s top supporters, Sen. Joyce Krawiec of Forsyth County and Rep. Pat McElraft of Carteret County, said that “caring for a living, breathing newborn infant is too restrictive for Governor Cooper’s radical abortion agenda.”

“We thought Democrats would agree that children born alive should be separate from the abortion debate, but it’s clear they want the ‘right to choose’ to even extend past birth,” they wrote.

Senate Bill 359 passed both houses easily–the House (65-46) and the Senate (28-19) but not by the 3/5ths necessary to override Cooper’s veto. Some Democrats would need to do the right thing to protect babies against infanticide.

Here’s how it was explained in a story written by Travis Fain that ran Monday:

The vote will be close. The bill passed the state Senate 28-19, just below the threshold needed to overturn Cooper’s veto.

It takes three-fifths support to override a veto, but it’s three-fifths of all members present and voting, so the exact number depends on how many of the chamber’s 50 senators show up. If all 50 participate, the magic number is 30.

One of the two Democrats who voted with Republicans on the bill, Sen. Ben Clark, D-Hoke, told The Fayetteville Observer he’ll back the governor’s veto. Three Republicans were absent when the bill initially passed the Senate.

Assuming all three vote to override and everyone else attends and votes as expected, the whole thing could come down to Sen. Don Davis, D-Pitt.

“We’ll see,” Davis said Monday evening when asked how he plans to vote.

If the Senate does override the veto, the scene shifts to the House, where members voted 65-46 in favor of the bill.

By all means say a prayer, not only for state Sen. Davis but for all those blinded by ideology to the fate of helpless abortion survivors.