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North Carolina Senate overrides veto of infant protections

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/01/19, 11:05 am

The North Carolina Senate voted with a three-fifths majority Tuesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act. The bill would create civil and criminal penalties for abortionists who fail to offer the same care to babies born alive after botched abortions as they would to other patients. Cooper, a Democrat, vetoed the bill on April 18, calling it “an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients.” State Sen. Don Davis of Pitt County, a Democrat, voted with Republicans on Tuesday to reverse the veto by a vote of 30-20.

The measure now moves to the state House, where Republican lawmakers will need to swing Democratic votes to get the necessary supermajority to override the governor’s veto.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • cln
    Posted: Wed, 05/01/2019 02:11 pm

    I hope the legislature succeeds. What a crazy world where we have to debate an issue about whether to keep a child alive who was born alive.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 05/01/2019 02:41 pm

    Amen to that!  And Thank You Lord and the North Carolina Senate, and Senator Davis, who crossed party lines in this vote. 

  • ProlifeMom3
    Posted: Wed, 05/01/2019 03:17 pm

    My husband serves in the legislature with Senator Davis and this vote is most certainly in line with Don's exemplary character. We would welcome his switch to the NC Senate Republican Caucus!

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    Posted: Thu, 05/02/2019 03:22 pm


  • Doug Olson
    Posted: Wed, 05/01/2019 05:35 pm

    Good afternoon,

    This is very, very, very good that politicians understand that babies need to be protected after they are born. But truly, the political response is only the last resort to an issue that should never, ever have to be thought of in the first place!! If the morals, ethics, beliefs, etc. of the American people were in the "right place" abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, etc. would, already, be resolved in our culture and NOT become political issues! Unless the people of the United States truly repent and return to a Biblical ethic then it will not be to long before the LORD God wipes out another nation from human history (i.e., Assyria, Babylonia, Greece, Persia, Rome, etc.).

    Doug Olson

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 05/02/2019 04:24 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Doug.  I agree.  It is good that there are some politicians who understand; however, as you said, the fact that we are having this debate at all is a sign that our nation is in trouble. 

    If I may add to your comment, it's easy for Christians to look at those we think are part of the world and expect THEM to repent; but, if we expect non-believers to act like believers, we are going to be disappointed.  WE have to lead the way by repenting of our OWN sin before we can we pray for others to repent and share the gospel.  I know I have to preach this to myself first.  God has used me in spite of my sin, but I have also seen how sin caused me to miss out on his blessings.    

  • Joe
    Posted: Thu, 05/02/2019 09:07 pm

    "The North Carolina Senate voted with a two-thirds majority .... by a vote of 30-20."   That's a 60% or three-fifths majority, not a two-thirds majority (and a good example of why it's important even for journalism majors to understand fractions).

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Fri, 05/03/2019 10:08 am

    Thank you for writing to point out the error. It has been corrected.