NC Statement on Bryant Ruling Striking Parts of NC Abortion Laws

NC Values Coalition Statement on Bryant Ruling Striking Down Part of 2015 Law Limiting Abortion at 20 Weeks


"Today's federal court ruling confirms North Carolina lawmakers have the constitutional right to restrict abortion when the child in the womb is viable. Our hospitals and physicians are finding viability at points once thought inconceivable just a decade ago. A new England Journal of Medical study confirms that preborn children can now survive outside the womb starting at 22 weeks. I believe one day we all will be held accountable for the actions we take to protect the lives of the innocent. Our coalition will continue to advocate for the preborn and we will seek immediate actions during this legislative session to strengthen our State's laws that protect the unborn. NC Values Coalition is committed to working with our state's prolife lawmakers and advocates until abortion is an unthinkable act."

- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director




Background Information: 

You can read judge Bryant's ruling handed down today.   
May 6, 2015, near the time NC Lawmakers updated North Carolina's abortion laws, The New York Times reported that babies may survive at 22 weeks if treated according to a New England Journal of Medicine study that looked at 4,987 preterm births at 24 hospitals over a five year period. 


In February 2019, Marist polled Americans' attitudes on abortion and for the first time since 2009 as many or more Americans have identified as pro-life as have identified as pro-choice.

By the Numbers: In the poll survey taken Feb.12-17, Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life (47%) as they are pro-choice (47%). Last month, a similar Marist survey found that Americans were more likely to identify as pro-choice than pro-life 55% to 38%, a 17-point gap. 

Most significant finding in the recent poll was that Democrats, specifically those under the the age of 45, seem to be leading the shift: This month's poll found 34% of Democrats identify as pro-life vs. 61% pro-choice. Last month, those numbers were 20% and 75%, respectively. Among Americans under 45, 47% identify as pro-life vs. 48% pro-choice. In January, those numbers were 28% and 65%, respectively. Poll Methodology: This survey of 1,008 adults was conducted via landline or cell phones, Feb. 12–Feb. 17 by The Marist Poll.

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