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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, in a last minute press conference, North Carolina Republicans unveiled legislation to further ban abortion access in the state, putting both pregnant people and medical professionals at risk. While this ban stems from months of closed door deliberations among the extremist North Carolina GOP, Republicans gave little opportunity for Democratic lawmakers or the public to weigh in — effectively bypassing the democratic process. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler issued the following statement in response:
“Voters support abortion rights and believe they should have the right to make their own health care decisions. Maybe that’s why Republicans are hiding behind closed doors and rushing passage of an unpopular abortion ban that will limit access for millions across the region. At EMILYs List, we stand with those fighting this ban, and stand ready to ensure that those who vote for a ban will pay for it at the ballot box.”
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