WASHINGTON -- Alabama’s new abortion law - the latest in a string of new abortion restrictions in red states - is generating heated debate across the country.
Many, including lawmakers from North Carolina, believe the new laws are part of a strategy aimed at getting the issue of abortion back before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The court’s makeup has changed under the Trump administration, with the president replacing the more moderate Anthony Kennedy with conservative Brett Kavanaugh.
Asked whether he hopes to see Roe v. Wade be overturned by the more conservative Supreme Court, Rep. Mark Walker told Spectrum News’s Tim Boyum that his “position on pro-life is very clear.”
“I believe there needs to be a voice, someone advocating for the baby. Whether it's the heartbeat laws or other places, certainly with a certain level of sensitivity. My wife has served as a sexual assault nurse examiner,” said Walker, R-6th District.
Many Democrats are balking at Alabama’s new law - including Congresswoman Alma Adams.
She expressed concern that the North Carolina General Assembly could try to replicate what Alabama and other states have done. She said she has seen North Carolina duplicate controversial legislation before.
“I was absolutely horrified by what the Alabama legislature did,” said Adams, D-12th District. “I think it’s horrible for healthcare for women, for women being able to make choices about their bodies, the decisions with their doctors.”
Earlier this year, the Republican-controlled General Assembly in North Carolin approved a so-called “born-alive” protection bill that would require doctors to give lifesaving measures to babies who survive abortion procedures.
The bill passed along party lines before Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the bill. Republicans no longer have veto-proof majorities in either chamber, but the state Senate voted to override the veto. The bill now sits in the state House.
With 2020 just around the corner, could this renewed focus on Roe v. Wade have any impact? Adams said she hopes it will motivate people ahead of the election.
Axios reported Friday that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America will be rolling out a digital ad buy in North Carolina and a handful of other states, urging women voters to contact their lawmakers about abortion rights.