May 3, 2022/Media, Press

Republican #NCSEN Field’s Unrelenting War On Reproductive Freedom

Last night’s leaked Supreme Court draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade made clear that reproductive freedom is on the ballot in 2022. In North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, Ted Budd, Pat McCrory, and Mark Walker each have a record attacking abortion access and imposing on women’s rights to make their own health care decisions. 

Here’s exactly where they stand: 

  • Last month, Ted Budd admitted his support of fully banning abortion, without any exceptions – not even for rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. In the U.S. House, Budd has supported completely defunding Planned Parenthood, supported legislation that would impose a nationwide ban on abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, and supports legislation that could outlaw abortion and common forms of birth control. 
  • Just this morning, Pat McCrory confirmed that he would double down on SCOTUS decision, calling Roe v. Wade “constitutional overreach” and a “state issue.” As Governor, Pat McCrory flip flopped on his campaign promise to not sign any legislation that further restricted abortion access. In 2013, he signed legislation into law that eliminated abortion coverage for public employees and others with insurance through the Affordable Care Act and placed restrictions on abortion clinics. In 2015, he signed legislation that tripled the waiting period before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. 
  • Mark Walker called last night’s decision a “victory.” In the U.S. House, Mark Walker voted to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and restrict private insurance coverage of abortion care, sponsored legislation that threatened to ban abortion, and voted to impose a nationwide 20-week abortion ban — getting in the way of a live-saving health care decision.