Source: AP News
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein recently confirmed that he would not be asking a federal court to lift an injunction on an NC law banning nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Associated Press.
Stein’s decision came after NC Republican legislative leaders demanded Stein act to lift the injunction in the aftermath of the overturning of Roe v Wade.
Stein said about his decision, “The Department of Justice will not take action that would restrict women’s ability to make their own reproductive health care decisions… protecting that ability is more important than ever, as states across the nation are banning abortions in all instances, including rape and incest.”
While our Attorney General was working to protect women’s ability to make their own choices, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore warned Stein that they would likely take legal action of their own in order to reinstate the ban if Stein did not.
As it stands now, Republicans hold majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. As a result, the only thing ensuring that North Carolinians have access to the health care they need is Governor Cooper’s veto power and actions like Attorney General Josh Stein’s.