Pro-abortion Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes North Carolina’s Human Life Nondiscrimination Act/No Eugenics

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

Pro-abortion North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, as anticipated, today vetoed the Human Life Nondiscrimination Act/No Eugenics. HB 453 prohibits abortionists from performing abortions if a woman is seeking it because of race, sex or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Gov. Cooper issued a statement in which he said, “This bill is unconstitutional and it damages the doctor-patient relationship with an unprecedented government intrusion.”

Not so, said Sen. Amy Galey. “This bill simply puts an end to eugenics,” she said in a statement. “It shouldn’t be controversial to protect an unborn child with Down syndrome, but Gov. Cooper proves once again that he’s unwilling to stand up for North Carolinians when his left-wing donors demand his loyalty.”

Overcoming the governor’s veto would require “about two Democrats in the Senate and three in the House would need to vote with Republicans in favor of the abortion restrictions,” Lucille Sherman reported for the Herald Sun.

According to Sherman,

Sen. Joyce Krawiec, a Republican from Kernersville, has pointed to laws that prevent discrimination based on race or disability in educational and judicial systems and in the workforce.

“Yet babies with the same characteristics can be aborted, simply because of their race or their disability,” Krawiec said. “This is eugenics in its worst form. This Human Life Non-Discrimination Act will end this atrocity.”

Reporter Richard Claver explained

The three-page bill would require a physician “to confirm before the abortion that the woman is not seeking an abortion because of any of the following: the actual or presumed race or racial makeup of the unborn child; the sex of the unborn child; the presence or presumed presence of Down syndrome.”

In other words, the abortionist is required to be proactive.

Back when the bill first passed, House speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said in a statement, “The unborn are the most vulnerable among us and should not be discriminated against based on a presumptive in-utero diagnosis. “ Moore added, “This violates natural law and robs society of the blessing each and every child is to all of us. No child should have to be ‘screened’ to be given the chance to live.

During floor debate, Sen. Krawiec said that “she considers allowing abortions to take place for any of the three reasons cited in the bill as ‘eugenics in its worst form,’” according to Klaver. “”Nothing could be more stigmatizing than … for anyone to lose their life because of their race, or because of their disability.”

The eugenics implication of such abortions is patently obvious, which is why opponents did their best to change the subject to something else—anything else. After all, Claver noted, eugenics is a very sensitive topic in North Carolina.

“The state ran one of the most aggressive sterilization programs in the country from 1929 through 1974, rendering barren more than 7,600 men, women and children on often flimsy evidence that they were mentally or physically unfit to reproduce,” he wrote.

In April 2013, a poll taken by The Polling Company found that 85% of respondents supported banning sex-selection abortions. “Currently seventeen (17) states have enacted laws protecting unborn children from discrimination based on their sex, race, and/or disability,” according to NRLC’s Department of State Legislation.