As predicted, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) today has vetoed NC’s proposed Born Alive bill:

Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have required doctors to provide the same care to an infant that survives an abortion as they give any other newborn.

“Laws already protect newborn babies, and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients,” Cooper said in his veto statement. “This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other health care providers for a practice that simply does not exist.”

Brent Woodcox, staff attorney for NC Senate Republicans, explained why this rationale made no sense:

He also took off after Politifact’s North Carolina division over a very misleading and thinly-sourced fact check on a key claim made about the bill:

I countered some of the claims from a related fact check, too. Specifically this one:

Claims about New York’s law have been exaggerated.

The NC House recently passed a resolution in response to a new New York law, known as the “Reproductive Health Act.”

Republicans who wrote the NC resolution described the NY law as “an extreme abortion-on-demand policy that establishes an unfettered right to abortion … the RHA authorized abortion up until the moment of birth.”

A viral Facebook image made a similar claim: that, under the new NY law, it’s legal to “murder” a baby a minute before it would be born. PolitiFact rated it False.

See this also, which I wrote in February:

**NY’s Updated Abortion Law Means Man Won’t Get Charged In Murder Of Unborn Child**

As I noted last week, Cooper is beholden to the abortion lobby and the extreme left in this state, so it wasn’t shocking that he vetoed the bill. But there is the question of the timing of Cooper’s veto. The bill passed two days ago, and he performed his veto just this morning. Alexandra DeSanctis speculates as to why:

An attempt at burying the story in the midst of a super-heavy national news cycle?

What remains to be seen at this point is whether or not Republicans have the votes to override Cooper’s veto. They no longer have a veto-proof majority so they’d have to bring a few Democrats on board to help them with an override. That’s a tall order.

Stay tuned.

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