Legislative Leaders Call on Attorney General Stein to Reinstate 20-week Abortion Ban

Raleigh, N.C. — Today following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore sent a letter to Attorney General Josh Stein calling on him to take the necessary actions to reinstate North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban.

The ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy hasn’t been enforceable since a ruling in Bryant v. Woodall struck down the law because of Roe v. Wade.

“With the legal underpinning of the Bryant court’s injunction now erased, we respectfully call on you and the Department of Justice to take all necessary legal action to lift the injunction currently barring the full enforcement of our State’s abortion restrictions,” the legislative leaders wrote in their letter.

You can read the full letter here.

“Attorney General Josh Stein must immediately act to enforce North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban. Any hesitation or dereliction to do so betrays our most vulnerable and is not in the best interest of North Carolinians,” Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said. “I remain committed to protecting the unborn and upholding the sanctity of life.”

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