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When governing bodies are in session to work on legislative proposals, many times there are important waiting periods to assess the potential vote of the members. Never has there been a more important waiting period than that currently experienced in the North Carolina House. Both the House and Senate passed extremely vital legislation known as the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.” The legislation passed both the House and Senate and became law only to be vetoed by the Democrat, politically driven, Gov. Roy Cooper.
The Senate quickly voted to override the governor’s veto, with all republicans and one Democrat voting, by a vote of 30-20. In a veto vote the requirement is a two-thirds majority of those present and voting. The veto measure now resides in the House waiting for a few Democrats to join with all the Republicans to reach the two-thirds vote requirement.
In any other time in history it would be absolutely unbelievable that a bill to protect precious babies who survive an abortion botch would not have 100-percent support. Pro-life advocates staged a well-attended vigil and rally on Tuesday evening of this week at the North Carolina State Legislative Building. The purpose, to urge support of the veto override in the House.
There were a number of powerful speakers, including 31-year-old Claire Culwell from Texas. Culwell, who has for many years traveled the nation sharing her account of how her mother at age of 13 was pregnant and had an abortion. Her mother suffered complications after the botched abortion only to discover, that while the abortionists killed and extracted one baby, she was still pregnant with a twin in her womb. Claire Culwell was the survivor baby and while suffering some medical problems at first, became one of the hundreds of examples of babies who survived botched abortions and were taken care of to become growing, healthy citizens.
Liberals, with moral blinders such as Gov. Cooper, use the excuse for their wicked decision that there are none, or few, such survivors. This they tout is the reason the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” is unneeded.
One of the outstanding speakers at Tuesday evening’s vigil and rally mulled the information that Gov. Cooper had back surgery.
“I didn’t know he had a spine,” the speaker said.
We know he has exhibited no backbone by his action vetoing this bill to provide protection for the precious lives of the most innocent of all citizens — newborns who deserve life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness as much as any human being.
It is very clear that Gov. Cooper has played politics, along with many in his Democrat party, with the most abhorrent decision to not support this most important legislative issue of this session.
J. Russell Capps is a Republican former member of the N.C. House.