FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2021
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Human Life Non-Discrimination Act Heads to Governor’s Desk
Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrated as the North Carolina Senate approved the Human Life Non-Discrimination Act (H.B. 453), legislation to ban discriminatory abortions based on race or a disability such as Down syndrome. The bill now heads to Governor Roy Cooper’s desk.
“We applaud the North Carolina legislature for prioritizing this compassionate bill to end lethal discrimination in North Carolina and call on Governor Cooper to swiftly sign it into law,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, a North Carolina native. “Across the nation, people are sending a clear message to pro-abortion politicians and to the Supreme Court: the extreme status quo imposed by Roe v. Wade has been rejected. State legislators, acting on the will of their constituents, have approved more than 80 pro-life laws in this year alone. Governor Cooper should heed this historical groundswell and follow the will of the people he represents by signing this bill that will protect the most vulnerable in his state.”
“We thank state Senator Joy Krawiec, as well as our good friend and advocate Tami Fitzgerald, for championing this life-saving legislation.”
Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of NC Values Coalition, added:
“The North Carolina Values Coalition backs this bill because every child should have the chance to live a full, happy life. We look forward to North Carolina joining the leading edge of states enacting protections against the discrimination of unborn children.”
Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., senior fellow and director of life sciences at SBA List’s research arm Charlotte Lozier Institute, and anti-discrimination advocate Katie Shaw both testified before the state senate in support of the bill.
Sixteen states have enacted bans on one or more types of discrimination abortion – including 12 states that protect unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome. Polling shows that 70% of oppose abortion based on the expectation that an unborn child may have Down syndrome.
A separate poll released by SBA List this week of likely voters conducted by OnMessage Inc. finds a strong majority of voters reject abortion on demand and support limits on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The polling found that likely voters are much more likely to support Republican candidates who back a 15-week limit on abortion versus Democratic candidates who back unlimited abortion.
SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.