States will now have control over abortion laws and regulations with the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade Friday.
The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 US Supreme Court decision, strikes down the constitutional right to abortion.
North Carolina-based organizations and local Democratic and Republican representatives weighed in on the decision.
Lynn Dorfman, chairwoman of the Catawba County Democratic Party, said she was disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“I am committed to electing leaders who will stand up for women’s rights,” Dorfman said. “We need to elect leaders and keep leaders in power who believe in supporting women’s rights.”
Catawba County Commissioner Sherry E. Butler, who is a Republican, said she agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision. She said she hopes North Carolina leaders will decide to ban abortion in the state.
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“I commend the Supreme Court justices for taking a bold stand and doing what is right in God’s sight,” Butler said. “Life begins at conception.”
The position of the North Carolina Medical Society is that an abortion is a personal health and medical decision that should be made by a qualified physician and the patient, CEO Chip Baggett said in a press release.
According to the North Carolina Medical Society website, the organization also encourages patients to be fully informed about abortion and alternatives to abortion, the right for doctors not to be required to perform or assist to an abortion if it goes against their personal beliefs and for physicians not to be required to inform the guardians of a minor patient of the patient’s pregnancy or of a pregnancy termination procedure of the patient without her consent.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling means that the lives of countless unborn children will be saved from abortion, and we are deeply grateful,” Bishop Peter Jugis of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte said in a statement. Press release. “The Catholic Church has always professed that every human life is a gift from God and has inestimable value, and even with this step forward, our work to protect the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death, continues”.
Jugis said the decision means the church should do more to support women and couples facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies. He said the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is partnering with agencies in 46 western North Carolina counties to provide resources, such as health care, housing, food and transportation, to pregnant women and new mothers.
Proponents of anti-abortion laws want to reduce the number of women seeking the procedure and discourage them from traveling to other states. At least 276,000 women terminated their pregnancies outside their home state between 2012 and 2017, according to a 2019 Associated Press analysis of data collected from state reports and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. the United States.
About 630,000 abortions were reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2019, the latest data available, although information from some states is missing.
More than half of abortions in the United States are now performed with pills rather than surgery, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The trend has increased during the pandemic with the help of telemedicine. In 2020, pills accounted for 54% of all abortions in the United States, up from around 44% in 2019.
Americans have nuanced attitudes on the subject. In an AP-NORC poll conducted last June, 61% said abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances during the first trimester of a pregnancy. However, 65% said abortion should generally be illegal in the second trimester and 80% said it should be illegal around the third trimester. Many Americans have said the procedure should be allowed in at least some circumstances, even in the second or third trimesters.