The Dobbs v. Jackson decision by the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade is one of the most momentous Supreme Court decisions in 50 years.
Dobbs v. Jackson doesn’t outlaw abortion, as many abortion rights supporters have said, but returns the authority to make decisions regarding the legality of abortion to the states.
Following the announcement of the decision by the Supreme Court, North Carolina Speaker of the state House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued a press release stating that the North Carolina General Assembly was days away from adjourning and would not take up the abortion issue in this session.
Moore stated, “Today’s decision from the United States Supreme Court is long overdue and a major win for protecting life! The end of Roe v. Wade rightfully returns authority back to the states to determine abortion law.”
He continued, “While I remain unequivocally pro-life, the short budget adjustment session does not afford us sufficient time to take up the issue. However, North Carolinians can rest assured that we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that current restrictions on the books will be enforced. North Carolinians can also expect pro-life protections to be a top priority of the legislature when we return to our normal legislative session in January.”
The “current restrictions” include a law banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Moore and President Pro Tem of the state Senate Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) sent a letter to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein stating that since the legal underpinning of the decision to bar the enforcement of that law is now erased, “we respectfully call on you and the Department of Justice to take all necessary legal action to lift the injunction currently barring the full enforcement of our State’s abortion restrictions found in N.C. Gen. Stat. 14-45.1(a), 14-44 and 14-45. We request a response to this letter by July 1, 2022, making clear your intention to do so. If we do not receive a response, we stand ready to take the necessary steps to restore North Carolina’s abortion laws to where they were before Bryant struck them down.”