NC AG Stein won’t defend state over new abortion law | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the Carolina Journal. The author of this post is Alex Baltzegar.

    On Thursday, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, said he would not defend his state over a new abortion law legislators passed in May.

    The majority of Senate Bill 20 (S.B. 20), the law Stein is referencing, goes into effect on July 1. Planned Parenthood recently filed a lawsuit against Stein and others intending to strike down S.B. 20, which bans elective abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

    Critics of the new law did not aim their legal complaint at leaders of the N.C. General Assembly, which approved the law. Instead the named defendants include state Attorney General Josh Stein, Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley, nine local district attorneys, the president of the N.C. Medical Board, and the chair of the N.C. Board of Nursing.

    Stein, an opponent of abortion restrictions, said he believes that numerous aspects of the new law infringe upon the U.S. Constitution.

    On Thursday evening, Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, asked the judge to allow them to defend the law following Stein's announcement that he would refuse to defend it. A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday to address the plaintiffs' request to halt the implementation of the law.

    That same Thursday afternoon, Republican lawmakers added an amendment to a different healthcare bill with clarifying changes to S.B. 20, potentially in an attempt to prevent lawsuits. Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, sponsored the amendment.

    The Senate took the first of two required votes, endorsing it with a 27-17 party-line vote. Republicans favored the measure. Democrats voted no.

    "This is some clarifying language - the bill will go into effect on July 1 - that kind of timeline with the 10 days and others means that we need to get this done so that something that could be unclear doesn't go into law, but the clarifications are there at the same time," Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, said.

    The lawsuit will be before U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles on Wednesday morning in Greensboro. Berger and Moore learned Saturday that they will be able to participate in that hearing, even though they are not officially parties to the lawsuit.

    In the recently filed paperwork on Monday, Planned Parenthood and Duke Health Dr. Beverly Gray brought attention to the state Senate's recent deliberations on amendments to S.B. 20.


    The court document identifies five specific changes that have been made, impacting various aspects of the law. These changes pertain to the state's fetal homicide law, the provision allowing for the "advising" of pregnant women regarding abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy, the implementation of 72-hour waiting periods, mandatory reporting of abortions involving minors, and the time limits for medication abortion. The document states that the plaintiffs have specifically contested provisions related to each of these areas within the original law.

With Roe v Wade (originated in 1973) overturned by the US Supreme Court, thereby allowing decisions on abortion legislation completely returned to the states: Where do you find your position on such a "Life and Death" issue for the American People?
  Yes, I approve of the US Supreme Court's decision to reinstate this "medical" issue back to the states' legislative responsibility to regulate.
  No, I believe that every woman should have complete access to abortion on demand.
  This issue is far beyond my intellectual capacity to understand.
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( September 9th, 2023 @ 1:19 pm )
Thank-you Country Girl. I am blessed to have been led unto the light as a child just as I assume you were as well.

Sometimes, I believe Jesus would rather usher us into a frame of mind to see the World through the clear eyes of a child.
( September 9th, 2023 @ 1:06 pm )
I can think of nothing more innocent than an unborn child.
Proverbs 6:16-19
16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
( September 9th, 2023 @ 11:21 am )
Well Big Bob, get use to it. The government will always be involved in all situations when living things die, especially the ones that bleed.

Oh, and as a man of conviction first, I will never learn the 2022 lesson you speak of.
Big Bob said:
( September 9th, 2023 @ 11:10 am )
Big Bob is no fan of abortion but he does not think the government should be involved. Most republicans learned a lesson in 2022.
( September 9th, 2023 @ 8:41 am )
Thank-you for speaking to what you know to be true Country Girl.

Many decades ago, and long before I had any idea that I would ever be called upon to serve, I was once a liberal Democrat that had just transitioned into a moderate Democrat, without really knowing what it meant to be a Democrat at all; however, I was 26 years old and waking up, about to become a father for the first time.

It was at that time my cavalier attitude toward abortion changed forever. Without belaboring the point, something dramatic happened in my life that made me firmly consider what constituted the beginning of life, and what a very important path fatherhood is for our species.

What happened next within my young, clearing mind is my spiritual address of the subject replacing my new scientific understanding of the the Beginning of Life, and what I discovered was: How can Abortion on Demand be a noble necessity for ardent liberal Democrats, when there is a true life in the balance?

It was not long after that awakening of mind and purpose that I realized that I would have trouble voting for any candidate, for any elected office, that did not approach the precious life of the unborn in as serious manner as myself.

By the time I was 32 years I had stopped (as I was then a conservative Democrat) voting for any Democrat whatsoever except Mitchell Norton, Beaufort County's DA. Mitchell was my front door neighbor, and I liked and respected him, also ... He too was a conservative Democrat.

It was not until 1991 that I became a Republican, but when I did become one, I was a passionate about true Conservativism in the wake of what Ronald Reagan had wrought. I still feel blessed that this nation had such a wonderful president, and I pray that our next president will be just as transformational ... or within reason close to that good man, by far and away the greatest, most significant president of my lifetime.

Maybe then our nation will transition to a more thoughtful position, more spiritually considerate of what is real, and cease serving at the alter of evil idols, one of which - Abortion on Demand.
( September 9th, 2023 @ 6:30 am )
"It will not allow Abortion on Demand."

Stan allow me to correct this if you will please. It will allow murder on demand.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Creation begins at conception so those creations that are terminated before birth are being denied their God given rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
( September 9th, 2023 @ 1:05 am )
North Carolina now has had nearly 13 years of pathetic leadership in the state's attorney general's office.

First, then AG Roy Cooper would not defend HB 2 because he was so politically committed to the early Trans /Gender Mutilation movement, with men showering with young girls such integral component to its initial success; now, current NC AG Josh Stein will not defend the state's new abortion regulations because it will not allow Abortion on Demand as a manner of contraception, and AG Stein instinctively realizes that Abortion on Demand is the Democratic Socialists political life blood.

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