On Monday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a commonsense pro-life bill meant to merely protect Down Syndrome babies in the womb from being aborted solely because of their perceived abilities.
According to ABC News 13:
In a veto message, the state’s Democratic governor cited privacy concerns, arguing the bill would have made it difficult for patients to get medical information and have honest conversations with their doctors.
“This bill gives the government control over what happens and what is said in the exam room between a woman and her doctor at a time she faces one of the most difficult decisions of her life,” Cooper said in a statement. “This bill is unconstitutional and it damages the doctor-patient relationship with an unprecedented government intrusion.”
In response, the North Carolina Republican Party’s press secretary Livy Polen wrote, “Abortions based on genetic traits such as sex, race or Down Syndrome are unquestionably wrong.” She added, “Like Governor Cooper, the NCGOP firmly believes in a woman’s right to privacy with her doctor. However, the practice of sex-, race-, or disability-selective abortions are not based on medical advice, but genetic preferences. Cooper’s veto suggests that only certain genetic traits make a human life valuable. As Republicans, we stand by the American principle that ALL life is of equal value.”