STAM: Josh Stein – Extremist

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein speaks in favor of protecting abortion access during a news conference at the North Carolina Department of Justice in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. Stein, an abortion rights supporter, has voluntarily recused himself from his office's appeal in a case that could reinstate a 20-week abortion ban. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

Just how extreme is Josh Stein? Josh Stein has been our Attorney General since 2017 and has been running since then for election as Governor in 2024.

In 2011, then-state Sen. Stein voted against the Woman’s Right to Know law. It required a 24-hour waiting period and the informed consent of a woman. S.L. 2011-405.

In 2013, Stein voted against instruction in school health education on the preventable causes, including abortion, of preterm birth and extremely low birth weight in subsequent pregnancies. S.L. 2013-307. This is important information for teenagers because preterm birth and extremely low weight births are directly associated with increased risk for stillbirth and cerebral palsy for future children.

In 2013, he voted against requiring a doctor to be present at an abortion! He also voted against conscience protections for health care providers. Only doctors and nurses were previously covered. He voted to have taxpayers pay for purely elective abortions. S.L. 2013-366.

At the start of 2017, Josh Stein was no longer a state senator but was the Attorney General. (He had prematurely resigned as state senator in March 2016 so that he could avoid the impending vote on House Bill 2.) Abortionists sued in the fall of 2016 to be allowed to perform abortions after 20 weeks gestation. The law protecting unborn children after 20 weeks was in effect for 3 5/12 years (Jan 2016 – May 2019) when almost no such abortions were reported. Attorney General Stein “recused” himself when he became Attorney General. He had his professional minions take the case. They lost on the question of “standing” in the Fourth Circuit when they only raised “standing.”

After Dobbs was decided on June 24, 2022, candidate Stein loudly condemned the decision of the US Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade. He raised money based upon his pledge of unyielding opposition to any protection for innocent preborn human lives. His minions, taking their cue from his July 23rd tweet, then filed a brief in Federal District Court opposing reinstatement of the 20 week protection for babies, claiming it would be “too confusing,” creating “apprehension” and stating that the position of the General Assembly that this protection for late term children should be reinstated was irrelevant.

This August 17, 2022 ORDER vacating and dissolving the injunction against the State should be read. It shows that the Attorney General’s attempt to throw the case against his own client, the State of North Carolina, was pathetic.

 The July 23rd tweet by gubernatorial aspirant Stein, “Breaking: The NC Department of Justice will not move to have the injunction lifted in Bryant v. Woodall. My office will not take action that would restrict women’s ability to make their own reproductive health care decisions.” How is that for an Attorney General who claims he has “recused” himself?

This was a pattern of irresponsibility for Attorney General Stein. In 2017 he refused to pursue an appeal of the 2013 Voter ID Law to the U. S. Supreme Court. That Court did not consider the appeal because it could not tell who represented the state of North Carolina.

Every day the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) sends a fundraising e-mail denying protection for unborn children, and supporting abortion for any reason, any time, any where, all paid by the taxpayers. DAGA never mentions the unborn child. DAGA celebrates dangerous mail order abortion pills which are available due to Biden’s new FDA protocol. Why are they dangerous? Without an examination, including an ultrasound, the abortionist has no way of knowing if the embryo is in the fallopian tube. If not, this is an extremely serious medical situation for the mother.

Josh Stein never mentions an unborn child. Does she exist in his vocabulary or even in his mind? Has he seen an ultrasound of a 22 week unborn child that his official actions would help destroy?

Here’s a sample of his work as Attorney General:  

Paul Stam practices law in Apex. He served for 10 years as Republican Leader of the House and as Speaker Pro Tem. For further information see