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Federal Judge Allows NC’s 12-Week Abortion Ban to Go Into Effect

A North Carolina law that bans abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy took effect Saturday after a judge’s ruling on Friday allowed most of the law to take effect.

“Today’s ruling is a crucial win for the unborn and their mothers,” Caitlin Connors, southern regional director for the group SBA Pro-Life America, said, according to WRAL-TV.

“Passed with a supermajority of the legislature’s support, SB 20 reflects the will of the people of North Carolina.

We celebrate that babies will be protected at 12 weeks gestation and the state’s record $160 million in funding for parental leave, material support, and many other resources will help women and children in North Carolina,” Connors said.

Planned Parenthood had sued to block the law from taking effect, citing ambiguous parts of the law.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, blocked one provision of the law regarding paperwork doctors needed to produce. She otherwise rejected the request for a temporary restraining order, which would have blocked the law while court challenges play themselves out.

“The General Assembly provided the clarity physicians asked for and now Senate Bill 20, including the $160 million in funding for child care access, paid parental leave for state employees, maternal health, and other pro-family measures, will largely go into effect,” Lauren Horsch, a spokeswoman for Senate leader Phil Berger, said.

She added: “It’s unfortunate that Planned Parenthood — aided by Attorney General [Josh] Stein — hasn’t given up its crusade to save its business model.”

In her ruling, Eagles said issues with wording were largely resolved in legislation developed by lawmakers and signed this week by Gov. Roy Cooper, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Among the issues solved was that the law would not be construed to punish anyone who helps a woman obtain a legal abortion in another state.

With that understanding, “the ambiguities and First Amendment issues raised by the plaintiffs are unlikely to rise to an unconstitutional level and a temporary restraining order is not necessary at this stage,” Eagles wrote in her ruling.

Elsewhere she wrote that changes in the law “are likely to moot the plaintiffs’ vagueness challenges to the provisions in the original Act directed to these matters.”

“Because the plaintiffs are no longer likely to be successful on the claims based on the original language of the Act, the motion for a temporary restraining order as to these provisions will be denied,” she wrote.

Prior to the new law’s adoption, North Carolina banned most abortions after 20 weeks, according to the Associated Press.

Exceptions to the 12-week ban include one of 20 weeks for cases of rape and incest and of 24 weeks for “life-limiting” fetal anomalies. The law also has an exception for medical emergencies.

  • K. says:

    Does anyone really believe that the liberal men in Washington all those years ago cared about women’s rights!!! This too was to garner the women’s votes!!!! It also made it easier for more immigration to this country!!! They sacrificed their own citizens to let everybody and their mother come here again for votes!!!! Most American working families in this country only have two children!!! The rest have many children and most depend on government and when you depend on government you vote for whom is going to take care of you!!!! The liberals have taken away any personal responsibility on purpose just to keep those citizens voting for them!!! The liberals after 50 years are still using abortion as a talking point to win elections!!! PATHETIC!!!!

  • Scurvydog says:

    That’s progress in saving lives, yet 32 states still allow what amounts to abortion on demand. That means the elected officials in 32 states are not practitioners of the same morality of those in the 18 states who understand that abortion is murder. Yet, because of our return to the moral high ground, perhaps God in his mercy will keep us from destruction as He did Lot and his family in Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • Garry T says:

    Nice FIRST STEP! Particularly because it’s a CRACK in the DemocRAT Blue Wall! An obama appointee that has common sense! BUT, there is still the issue of Unprotected sex and Unwed mothers and teen pregnancies!

    Faith in the WORD OF GOD, has been Systematically removed from our country since the late 1960s! it has taken 60 YEARS to bring us this point in HISTORY, where we are subject to a whole MONTH of Gay/Trans PRIDE, while Americans who died for this country get a single day and the scorn of almost half the country!

    Now they’re coming for the children that SURVIVED being aborted, to destroy their reproductive functions! How SICK have people become, to try and justify Pedophilia, sexual mutilation, teaching Elementary School CHILDREN the sexual Morals of ADULTS, and STILL WANTING TO KILL UNBORN AMERICAN CITIZENS? SMH!!!

  • John says:

    America has to keep track of all these Satan worshiping baby murdering Democrat pedophile protecting Epstein Island vacationing corrupted pedophile embracing Antichrist luciferion judges , and hold them responsible in the end by a jury of their real American constitutional law judges and peers , and not by their communist domestic terrorists corrupted weaponized demonic agencies, these scumbags think they can ignore a Supreme Court ruling ,and they can as long as we have Democrat pedophile baby murdering demonic judges forced in under a fraudulently elected pedophile in the fake White House, time to replace the ballots with bullets to take back our constitutional country from a fraudulent elected forced Banana Republic communist coup take over

  • Russell says:

    This is a start. The time to decide to abort is the point at which people pull their pants down. If pregnancy occurs after that decision, then there are three people involved in any future decisions, and ALL three must be considered.

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