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Abortion North Carolina | Advocates and opponents rally in Raleigh nearly two years after Roe v Wade was overturned

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — There were dueling demonstrations in downtown Raleigh over abortion. All of this comes as North Carolina will play a pivotal role in the fall elections.

North Carolina already attracted national attention after Republican lawmakers passed last year’s new abortion law after Roe v Wade was overturned, setting the limit at 12 weeks instead of 20 weeks.

But some anti-abortion advocates said they believe the state should go further.

Gathered at Halifax Mall, North Carolina, Right to Life, accompanied by the boss of his national counterpart, who tells him that the 12-week ban passed last year is just a starting point.

“About 90 per cent of abortions still happen before then. At 12 weeks you have a fully formed body and no one can say that it’s not a human being that needs to be protected,” says Carol Tobias of National Right. to Life.

She says that right now, in the post-Roe era, her group’s efforts are directed at the state level because right now she doesn’t see a national abortion ban anytime soon.

“We are not ready for that yet, the country is too divided,” he says.

Meanwhile, North Carolina remains the only state in the region with some level of access, and the Triangular Abortion Access Coalition says providers here are already being overwhelmed with out-of-state patients.

“There have been stories of people who have had to flee from other states to North Carolina to receive life-saving care and if the bans continue in North Carolina, then those out-of-state people will have to go even further.” says Taylor, of the Triangle Abortion Access Coalition.

They say they are preparing for more restrictions, depending on who takes office, and believe abortion will be a motivating factor for voters.

“It will certainly go further than what it is now if they get the chance,” he says.

As things stand right now, it doesn’t look like there will be any more restrictions on abortion this legislative session. But things could change as politics could be different in 2025 depending on the results of the presidential race and the North Carolina gubernatorial race.

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