Update on 12-Week Abortion Ban in NC
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday [4/20/23] he believes Republicans in the House and Senate are “really close” to reaching a consensus on what new abortion restrictions should look like.
GOP lawmakers have been holding talks within their caucuses for months, and two proposals had emerged as primary contenders: a 12-week ban that would prohibit abortions near the end of the first trimester, and a more restrictive ban that would only allow abortions up until around six weeks.
On Thursday, however, Moore said that House Republicans had coalesced around a consensus position of banning abortion after 12 weeks, and effectively ruled out further consideration of a six-week ban. “The consensus position that we’ve developed, and I think I’ve been saying this now for quite a while, is around a 12-week period, with those exceptions built in for rape, incest, life of the mother, and fetal abnormality,” Moore told reporters. “I believe there’s been pretty well universal agreement on those.”
Read the whole story from the Raleigh News & Observer.