Attorney General Josh Stein On One-Year Anniversary Of SCOTUS Overturning Roe v. Wade
Today marks one year since the high court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, undoing five decades of precedent and opening the floodgates for state legislatures to strip women of their reproductive freedoms. Attorney General and candidate for governor Josh Stein released the following statement in response:
“The Supreme Court’s decision one year ago today striking down Roe v. Wade opened the door for legislative Republicans in North Carolina to pass a restrictive, anti-abortion law. Even though this law strips women of their reproductive freedoms, some want to go even further. Extremists are already signaling that the law is just the first step toward a total ban. As Governor, I will fight back against these efforts, just as I have stood firm in protecting women’s reproductive health care as Attorney General. It’s simple: women should have the freedom to make their own health care decisions.”
Republican leaders and candidates running for Governor have admitted that if given the chance, they would take restrictions even further.
- Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson said that if he were Governor with a willing legislature, he’d pass a law saying a woman “can’t have an abortion in North Carolina for any reason.”
- Mark Walker declared SB20 as a “first step.”
- Speaker Moore said he supports a six-week ban.
- A North Carolina advocacy group said SB20 was the “first real step toward becoming a pro-life state.”