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NC House Overrides Governor’s Veto

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The North Carolina House of Representatives voted July 26, 2011, to override Governor Beverly Perdue’s veto of the Woman’s Right to Know Act. The vote was 72-47, the exact margin needed for the override. For the Act to become law, the Senate must also approve a three-fifths majority for a veto override. The Senate is expected to take its vote this week.

If enacted into law, the Act would require a woman to have an ultrasound of the fetus and be offered the chance to see a picture and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child. It also calls for a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed. North Carolina is currently one of 16 states that do not require specialized counseling before an abortion.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge expressed his gratitude to House members who voted in favor of this “pro-woman” bill and to all those who supported and continue to support its passage. Bishop Burbidge asks the faithful in the Diocese to join him in prayer as the Senate takes up this important override vote.