Party-Switching Pol Helps N.C. Republicans Pass 12-Week Abortion Ban

Jonathan Drake/Reuters

A single lawmaker who switched parties this spring helped North Carolina Republicans override the Democratic governor’s veto Tuesday and enact a sweeping new abortion ban that will impede access throughout the South.

Tricia Cotham, a state representative who in April announced she was switching from Democrat to Republican, gave the party the two-thirds supermajority required to bar pregnant people from having abortions after 12 weeks gestation.

The ban will significantly limit the amount of time patients have to seek abortions, making it more difficult for those traveling from even more restrictive states to access the procedure in North Carolina.

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