Source: Associated Press
Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Action PAC North Carolina announced a $5 million investment into North Carolina legislative races in order to protect Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto power over restrictive abortion laws.
They are targeting 14 districts in North Carolina with ads, mailings, phone banks and canvassing.
Abortion is currently legal up to 20 weeks of pregnancy in North Carolina but the Republicans’ history of introducing restrictive abortion bills demonstrates that if they gain a supermajority in the General Assembly they will restrict abortions further.
As neighboring southern states continue to place bans on abortion, North Carolina is one of the last havens for those in need of the procedure.
“If we don’t elect reproductive rights champions in five key state Senate races, an anti-abortion supermajority will have the votes to ban abortion in North Carolina,” Emily Thompson, deputy director of Planned Parenthood Action PAC North Carolina told The Associated Press.
“And if we don’t defend two critical North Carolina Supreme Court seats, we will lose our last line of defense against restrictive state laws designed to rob us of our right to make our own health care decisions.”