By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 30, 2019
The North Carolina Senate voted 30-20 today to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of SB 359, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The vote came a day after five of the state’s prominent pro-life organizations held a press conference calling for lawmakers to stand up for newborns.
“When N.C. Gov Roy Cooper issued his Easter veto of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, he vetoed the lives of innocent babies, and he instead chose to support infanticide,” Tami Fitzgerald told onlookers on the lawn of the Legislative Building in Raleigh on Monday. The executive director of the NC Values Coalition was the first of five speakers to call on the General Assembly for a veto override.
“Roy Cooper didn’t just veto a bill. He vetoed babies, babies who are innocently born alive as a result of a botched abortion,” Fitzgerald said.
Senate Bill 359, which passed the House and Senate earlier this month, would make it a felony for doctors to deny appropriate medical care to babies born alive after a botched abortion and would require nurses and other staff to report the incidents.
Cooper and others who oppose the bill have denied that such incidents occur, despite reports from the Centers for Disease Control verifying them.
In addition to Fitzgerald, also addressing the crowd on Monday were the Rev. Mark Creech with the Christian Action League; Jill Coward with Concerned Women for America; John Rustin with the N.C. Family Policy Council; and Barbara Holt with N.C. Right to Life. Each made a plea for lawmakers to take a stand against infanticide.
The Rev. Creech compared the governor’s action in vetoing the protection act to that of the King of Egypt when he ordered midwives to kill born-alive infant sons of the nation of Israel. He called the practice of allowing these babies to die without medical help “execution by default.”
The Christian Action League will update you with a full story later this week in the Christian Action League Insider.