NC Senate overrides Cooper veto of abortion bill, House to vote Thursday

NC Senate overrides Cooper veto of abortion bill, House to vote Thursday
Senate Republicans had just enough votes to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of an abortion bill, sending it to the state House for a vote Thursday.

RALEIGH, NC (AP/WECT) - The North Carolina Senate has agreed to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation directing doctors and nurses to care for an infant born alive after an attempted abortion as they would any other child, or face a new crime and prison time. The House will take up the veto override vote on Thursday.

The Senate voted 30-20 on Tuesday night to enact the law over the objections of the Democratic governor. Cooper wrote in his veto message two weeks ago the “born-alive” bill was not needed and would create unnecessary interference between doctors and patients.

Democratic Sen. Don Davis of Greene County and all Senate Republicans voted to override, exactly meeting the three-fifths requirement.

The bill now returns to the House, where Republicans hold a 65-55 majority. If all members are in attendance, Republicans will need to carry every party vote and get seven Democrats to join them to reach 72 votes, the three-fifths majority needed to complete the override and make the bill a law. When the bill passed the House on April 16 by a 65-46 margin, four Democrats voted for the bill (Gailliard, Graham, Pierce, R. Smith) and five others were absent (Brockman, Goodman, Quick, K. Smith, Wray). One GOP member, Rep. Chuck McGrady, did not vote on the bill and three others (Carter, Johnson, Saine) were absent..

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. WECT News contributed to this report.