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RALEIGH, North Carolina (LifeSiteNews) – Democrat Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina signed an executive order Wednesday that he claims is designed to protect abortion “rights” in the state following the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade last month.

Provisions of the order include having cabinet agencies protect abortion providers and seekers from criminal liabilities and protecting them from extradition, insofar as North Carolina and federal law will allow. 

The order does not change North Carolina law. Measures of the order state that cabinet agencies and the governor’s office “should coordinate with each other and pursue opportunities to protect people or entities who are providing, assisting, seeking or obtaining lawful reproductive health care services in North Carolina.”  

Measures further stipulate that cabinet agencies may not require pregnant employees to travel into states with abortion bans that do not exclude health protections for the mother. The order also forbids cabinet agencies from helping other states to investigate out-of-state visitors to North Carolina who may have had an abortion in the state, and prevents the governor from helping extradite those who provided or sought an abortion providers in the state. 

READ: Don’t believe pro-abortion lies: Pro-lifers do care for mothers and babies at all stages of life

The order further requires local law enforcement to protect access to abortion facilities as per pre-existing North Carolina law. The governor said that he was discussing the matter with law enforcement leaders earlier this week. Cooper’s order additionally directs the North Carolina Department of Safety to help local law enforcement enforce the order. 

In a press conference Wednesday Cooper said that the order was a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which overturned Roe. “The Supreme Court ripped away the constitutional right to reproductive freedom that women have relied on for five decades,” said Cooper.  

For now, it’s up to the states to determine whether women get reproductive health care, and in North Carolina they still can, thanks to my veto and enough legislative votes to sustain it. I am determined to keep it that way and people need to know that their votes in state legislative races this November will determine the fate of women’s health and freedom in our state.

In his statement, Cooper said that Planned Parenthood South Atlantic statistics indicate that a third of all abortions scheduled in the state were for out-of-state mothers. “That means there are projected to be at least 10,000 people coming to North Carolina to access reproductive health care services, mostly from states with bans and tighter restrictions,” the statement reads.  

“These are just numbers from Planned Parenthood, and do not include estimates from the state’s other trusted providers,” the statement added. 

Cooper participated in a virtual meeting with President Joe Biden and several other Democrat governors last week to discuss abortion. During the meeting, he promised to use his veto power to protect abortion in his state. 

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Ever since the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and returning the ongoing debate over the barbaric practice of abortion back to the states, left-wing zealots, politicians, and rioters have taken to the streets and the airwaves to fan the flames of division.

And perhaps no one has epitomized this unhinged rage more than twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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The Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which saw a 6-3 majority rule in favor of overturning both Roe v. Wade and 1992's Planned Parenthood v. Casey, was a long time coming: In 1973, seven Justices of the Supreme Court (all males) created a phony constitutional "right" to abortion out of thin air, opening the floodgates to practically unfettered access to abortion across the nation and resulting in the killing of more than 60 million innocent, unborn babies in the nearly 50 years that followed.

But with Roe now out of the picture, this decision will officially fall back to the states, who, by way of their elected lawmakers, may now opt to permit, restrict, or even outright ban the practice of abortion altogether. 

And while the majority opinion in Dobbs was penned by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, most of the left's ire in the aftermath of its publication has been directed at a different Justice: Conservative constitutionalist Clarence Thomas, currently the bench's only African-American member, who wrote his own separate concurrence acknowledging other past cases which were decided on similar, constitutionally-lacking bases that could potentially be revisited in the future.

Perhaps no disgruntled abortion supporter has gone out of their way more to deride this ruling and Justice Thomas than former First Lady and Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who let her utter contmept for the unborn, the Constitution, and Justice Thomas show in a CBS interview with Gayle King earlier this week.



In her deeply personal attack, Clinton claimed that Justice Thomas, a Yale Law School classmate of hers in the early 1970s (when Roe was first decided), was a "person of grievance for as long as I've known him. Resentment, grievance, anger."

She then went on to criticize the court's ruling in Dobbs, repeating without evidence that "women are going to die" as a result, all while (predictably) ignoring the potentially millions of unborn babies who will now live because of Justices' timely decision.

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Current North Carolina law bans abortion after 20 weeks and calls for a three-day waiting period before obtaining an abortion. While this law was blocked in 2019, the ruling could be overturned in the near future, according to the News and Observer. Both houses of the North Carolina legislature are majority Republican, though the party is three votes shy of a supermajority in the House and two in the Senate to overturn Cooper’s veto on pro-life laws. 

House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters shortly after the release of the Dobbs decision that the house is expected to introduce pro-life legislation following the November elections. The Republicans hope to win enough votes to gain a supermajority to override Cooper’s veto. Cooper is set to remain in office until 2025. 

Other Democrat controlled state governors have issued similar executive orders this week. On Tuesday, the governors of Maine and Rhode Island issued executive orders protecting abortion in their states.  

Also on Wednesday, the governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, signed an executive order similar to that issued by Republican Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker last month, which gave protections to abortion providers and seekers from civil and criminal liabilities, and forbade state agencies to assist out-of-state investigations of abortion tourists for abortions obtained in the state.  

READ: At least 46 abortion centers have closed following Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade

About 46 abortion facilities have closed since the Supreme Court issued the Dobbs ruling, which allowed state trigger laws to take effect. Among the facilities closed is Jackson Women’s Health, which was at the center of the ruling, and which wash was Mississippi’s last abortion facility. At least eleven states have enacted trigger laws banning abortion after the release of Dobbs. Other states are expected to follow suit.  

Elsewhere in the south, abortion is banned outright or limited. In Alabama, abortion is banned outright without exception. In Florida, a 15-week abortion ban was put into effect after Governor Ron DeSantis appealed a block imposed on the law. 

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