05/31/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/31/2023 13:39
Charlotte Observer: "Abortion will be one of the biggest issues on the ballot in 2024"
An editorial from the Charlotte Observer late last week highlights the stakes of North Carolina's gubernatorial race for protecting and restoring reproductive freedom. After North Carolina Republicans jammed through an extreme and dangerous abortion ban earlier this month, leading GOP gubernatorial candidates made clear that they do not believe this legislation goes far enough, with Lt. Governor Mark Robinson saying he wants to "continue to move the ball" by banning abortion before most women even know they are pregnant, and former congressman Mark Walker calling the new law a "first step" toward even more restrictions on abortion access.
None of this is new for these two extreme candidates. Mark Robinson previously said that if elected governor, he would work to pass legislation to make sure women "can't have an abortion in North Carolina for any reason," and Mark Walker, who voted for a national abortion ban while in Congress, believes "governments shouldn't allow abortions under any circumstance."
As the editorial board notes, if either of these dangerous and out-of-touch extremists were elected to the governorship, "lawmakers wouldn't have to worry about a veto at all - they could pass new legislation with just a simple majority vote," making clear why "abortion will be one of the biggest issues on the ballot in 2024."
Key excerpts from the editorial: