The US Supreme Court finally overturned Roe vs. Wade last week. That is wonderful, but should never have been necessary. Roe was horrid and unconstitutional. The issue should never have been taken out of the hands of the States. It was just one more example of federal overreach.
Unfortunately, a lot of people do not understand the meaning of this new ruling. Many leftists are going bananas, claiming that this ruling makes abortion illegal immediately. If only that were true! Some pro-life people are also overreacting, and claiming that it is a much greater victory than it is. I have seen posts on Facebook from pro-life people who seem to think the battle for life is over. I wish it were so.
Instead, the struggle continues. Some States had the foresight to pass “trigger laws” so that as soon as Roe vs. Wade was overturned, abortion would automatically become illegal or severely restricted in their States. Some States will double down and move to make abortion even more entrenched than it already is.
Sadly, in North Carolina, abortion was legalized in 1969, four years before the Roe vs. Wade decision. With Roe gone, abortion is still legal up to 20 weeks (five months) after fertilization. Even if this restricts abortions after five months of pregnancy, it is still disgraceful. There is also the fraudulent “life of the mother” exception, which will no doubt be used to justify abortions even after the 20-week limit. This situation is entirely unacceptable. Those who actively seek an end to legal abortion still have much work to do.
In 2021, I introduced HB 158 Constitutional Amendment / Life at Fertilization. If this bill were to pass, the citizens of North Carolina would get to vote on this proposed amendment to our State Constitution in the next election. If this amendment were enacted by the voters, the State of North Carolina would finally acknowledge the inescapable fact that the life of a new and separate human person begins at the moment of fertilization and should be protected from that moment until natural death. This amendment would outlaw the willful destruction of any innocent human being at any stage of life and would subject the perpetrator of such an act to the laws against murder already in place. I am not just pro-life; I am an abortion abolitionist. I call on all decent citizens, especially Christians, in our State to join me in this effort to defend God’s gift of life for all innocent human beings.
When I offered this bill last year, Speaker Tim Moore said right away that there was no need to hear it because Governor Cooper would veto it. I had to correct that erroneous statement. The Governor cannot veto a constitutional amendment. It would be up to the citizens of this State.
Speaker Moore refused to let the bill be heard, so I filed a discharge petition to bring the bill immediately to the floor without a committee hearing. The Speaker moved the bill to a different committee. I had to wait ten legislative days and refile the discharge petition. Again, the Speaker moved the bill to another committee. After another ten-day wait, I filed the petition a third time, and asked him not to move the bill again. He did not. This discharge petition is good until the Legislature adjourns sine die this year. I have to have the signatures of 61 members of the NC House on this discharge petition to have the bill come up for a vote. So far, I only have a few. Please contact your Representative in the NC House of Representatives, and urge him or her to sign this discharge petition and support the bill. Please also contact Speaker Tim Moore and express your support for this effort to acknowledge and defend the sanctity of every innocent human life, born and unborn. This is my last chance to get this done, as I will be leaving the NC House at the end of this year. However, if it doesn’t get done this year, I will not surrender the fight for life, the most basic human right of all. Please join me in the struggle.
God be with us all,
Representative Larry G. Pittman
North Carolina General Assembly
House of Representatives
1010 Legislative Building
16 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
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