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North Carolina Republicans uphold abortion bill despite Democratic governor's veto

North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill in an effort to ban most abortions after 12 weeks.

The Republican-dominated Legislature used a supermajority in back-to-back sessions in both chambers — the Senate and House. 

“North Carolinians now understand that Republicans are unified in their assault on women’s reproductive freedom and we are energized to fight back on this and other critical issues facing our state,” Cooper said in a statement. 

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Cooper has made repeated appeals to the state Republicans to defect from the legislation’s support.

Abortion rights activists

Abortion rights activists march in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Alex Slitz/Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

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“If just one Republican in either the House or the Senate keeps a campaign promise to protect women’s reproductive health we can stop this ban,” Cooper said at the pro-choice rally surrounding his ceremonial veto outside the Legislature.

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