If there’s one thing we’ve learned this year, it’s that we cannot rely on the federal government to protect our right to abortion. We must work within our state to ensure that people can continue to access abortion services in North Carolina in a post-Roe world.
There is strength in community. We have a responsibility to our fellow North Carolinians to fight for our abortion rights. Together, we can take steps to protect access to abortion for all.
While NC does not have an outright ban on abortion, there are significant restrictions in state law.
In August 2022, a federal judge lifted an injunction blocking North Carolina’s ban on abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, allowing the law to go into effect. The ban had been blocked for more than three years, allowing patients to seek abortion care up to viability, but now patients must travel out of state for care after the 20th week of pregnancy except for very narrow circumstances.
Currently, NC faces some ongoing legislative and legal battles. In 2020, NC abortion providers and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective filed litigation challenging several of NC’s abortion restrictions. These restrictions are still in place as the case makes its way through the courts.
In June, NC lawmakers in both chambers introduced bills to codify the protections of Roe v Wade in our state. While they are unlikely to pass due to a majority anti-choice legislature, they allow us to demonstrate the popularity of these protections.
We will continue to look for opportunities to advocate for reproductive freedom on the state level. We hope that you will join us in fighting for abortion access in our state. We've included some actions you can take to help the movement.