Republicans deploy new playbook for abortion bans, citing political backlash

May 22, 2023

“We can’t live at the extremes,” North Carolina Sen. Amy Galey (R) said in an interview. Measures in North Carolina, Nebraska, Florida, Wyoming and North Dakota all included exceptions for rape and incest in some form, though some are limited by gestational age. Abortion had become a defining issue across the state ahead of the midterms, with North Carolina Gov. “But you want our members to vote for something that’s not popular.”© Erin Siegal Mcintyre/Reuters North Carolina physicians protest as North Carolina Republican lawmakers vote to override Democratic Gov. Local antiabortion groups described “difficult” and “emotional” conversations about how early in pregnancy the state could realistically ban abortion.