RALEIGH NC (WNCN) – The possible rollback of Roe v. Wade is now shooting into the front row of North Carolina’s midterm election season.
If the Supreme Court’s leaked draft majority opinion stands, abortion access authority will return to states.
Lawmakers are already pondering what that means here in North Carolina.
Republican state senator Keith Kidwell wrote on social media that he was drafting “laws similar to Texas’ abortion ban.”
However, Kidwell declined to comment on his plans to CBS 17 on Wednesday.
North Carolina GOP vice chair Susan Mills said she would welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to end the 50-year precedent protecting access to abortion.
“This is something that we would like to end and that we believe should end,” Mills said. “This would be the answer to many of the prayers we’ve all had about abortion for over 50 years.”
On Wednesday morning, Democratic North Carolina state senators and pro-life groups opposed the possible Supreme Court opinion.
“At this point it feels much more of an illusion than reality to say that we really believe in freedom after this draft statement was leaked,” MP Natalie Murdock said.
This year, the Midterms will play an important role in determining who has power over access to abortion when that is in the hands of the state.
“In the Senate, Democrats are 22 strong, we’ve stopped abortion bans, attempts to take us back as a state, and as long as we’re 22 strong we can sustain vetoes from Gov. Cooper,” said state Senator Wiley Nickel.
If Republicans win a supermajority during the midterms, they could override any potential vetoes.
“We really need to focus even more on our November election to get that veto-proof majority,” Mills said.
Abortion advocates said they fear the Supreme Court decision would lead to more rollbacks.
“The politicians who pass abortion bans will not stop making prevention unattainable, they are also attacking our right to birth control, who to love, our right to choose and control that we learn in classrooms,” says Chantal Stevens with the North This was announced by the Carolina American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
However, Mills said she doesn’t see the decision as a “slippery slope”.
“The way I see it, banning abortion is the most important thing for us,” Mills said. “We never said we were going to ban anything else.”
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