NC Senate advances abortion ban bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Senate committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill prohibiting pregnant women from seeking abortions because of race, gender or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Republicans and anti-abortion groups say it will protect disabled people and prevent eugenics. Opponents call it an attack on a woman’s constitutional right to privacy with her doctor.

The measure already cleared the House and needs approval from two more committees before going to the Senate floor. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed past efforts to restrict certain aspects of abortion and Republicans are unlikely to have the votes to override a possible veto.

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