NC leaders address changes after Roe v. Wade

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) — On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

“I never thought we’d be back here after working so hard for these protections,” said Sen. Kandie Smith.

Two years later, the outcome of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization continues to stir strong feelings.

“It’s had a negative impact. We need to move in a better direction,” said Rep. Keith Kidwell.

North Carolina’s current law bans abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy in most cases. Kidwell claims this has increased the number of abortions, turning the state into a “destination for abortion.”

The North Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus met Monday to discuss the law’s impact. Sens. Lisa Grafstein and Val Applewhite addressed access to care and maternal health at the press conference.

Smith emphasized the importance of elections for change. “The only way we’re going to change this is through these November elections.”

As the presidential election approaches, many believe its outcome could affect North Carolina. “Trump has proudly taken away women’s rights. It’s hard to see someone brag about that,” Smith added.

Kidwell says there is still work to be done, as he has proposed a heartbeat bill several times while in office that would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected.