Senate overrides veto of 12-week abortion bill, House votes Tuesday night

Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during his rally at Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh, NC on May 13, 2023. . PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate voted along party lines to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 20 on Tuesday afternoon. The bill, which would limit most abortions after 12 weeks, now goes to the North Carolina House of Representatives for an override.

“This is a monumental moment for women, children, and families in North Carolina. Our bill puts to rest all of the noise and lies we’ve been hearing this past week, and brings to life a culture that cherishes motherhood and saves the lives of the unborn,” a joint statement from Sens. Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), Lisa Barnes (R-Nash), Amy Galey (R-Alamance) and Vickie Sawyer (R-Iredell) said following the vote.

In North Carolina, three-fifths of members present and voting are required to override a veto.

The N.C. House session is expected to start after 7 p.m. A livestream of tonight’s session is available here.