RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers will finally decide whether to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that says doctors and nurses can be charged with a crime if they fail to care for an infant delivered during an unsuccessful abortion.
House Republicans scheduled an override vote Wednesday on the “born alive” measure. The Senate agreed to the override weeks ago, but House leaders kept delaying votes through May.
Republicans need help from several House Democrats to complete the override and enact the measure. Bill sponsors scheduled an eleventh-hour news conference Wednesday to urge Democratic support.
Cooper’s veto message said the measure was unnecessary, and laws already protect newborns.
President Donald Trump has expressed support for “born-alive” bills. The Wisconsin Senate also scheduled a vote on a similar measure Wednesday.