Vote to override veto of North Carolina’s “Human Life Non-Discrimination Act/ No Eugenics” postponed until first week of August

By Dave Andrusko

The vote in North Carolina is going to be close, very close, on an attempt to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 453 which Republicans had tentatively scheduled for July 21. On Monday it was learned that HB 453 has been moved to the House Rules and Operations committee.

“Political analysts say that keeping a vetoed bill in a Rules committee allows it to be returned quickly for a floor vote,” reported Richard Craver.

HB453– Human Life Non-Discrimination Act/ No Eugenics— prohibits abortionists from performing abortions if a woman is seeking it because of race, sex or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. 

The bill passed in the House and the Senate but by a narrower margin and with no support from Senate Democrats. Michael Hyland reported

At least 30 votes are required in the Senate to override a governor’s veto, as well as at least 72 in the House.

The Senate is made up of 28 Republicans and 22 Democrats, while the House has 69 Republicans and 53 Democrats.

The Senate approved HB453 on June 10 with no Democratic “yes” votes. The House approved the bill May 6 with six Democrats voting yes.

North Carolina Right to Life sent out an Action Alert over the weekend. 

Conservative estimates say between 67%-85% of babies with prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are aborted. Many times, families are given little information on the independent and purposeful lives that these individuals can lead if given the chance at life.

Immediately after Gov. Cooper’s June 25th veto, House speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland said, “Gender, race, and disability are protected classes in most other contexts. He added, “Why should we allow the unborn to be discriminated against for these same traits? The message sent by this veto is that some human life is more valuable than others based on immutable characteristics.”

House and Senate Democrat objections to HB 453 mirror the sentiments found in Cooper’s veto message:  “This bill is unconstitutional and it damages the doctor-patient relationship with an unprecedented government intrusion.”

But  Sen. Amy Galey said, “This bill simply puts an end to eugenics.” In a statement Sen. Galey argued, “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.”

According to Lucille Sherman, reporting for the Herald Sun,

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.”

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.”

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.”

In April 2013, a poll taken by The Polling Company found that 85% of respondents supported banning sex-selection abortions. “There are now 18 states that have enacted laws protecting unborn children from discrimination based on their sex, race, and/or disability,” according to NRLC’s Department of State Legislation.