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Abortion ban effects, Speaker Moore admits to adulterous affair, JoCo castle doctrine shooting
No. 25 — Jun. 18-24, 2023
12-week abortion limit going into effect July 1
The abortion restrictions passed by the NC GOP this week are already having an impact, despite not going into effect until next week:
The Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Chapel Hill is working to move their “services” to a clinic in Roanoke, VA (News & Observer)
Pro-abortion activists are bellyaching about the increased cost of shipping mothers further across the country to a jurisdiction where it is still permissible to end the life of their child:
“We’re no longer going to be a hub. And so all of these efforts of transportation and housing will have to move, probably, to Virginia, which is going to pretty fundamentally change the way that we have been doing activism” - Simran Singh Jain, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective (News & Observer)
However, Attorney General Stein has announced that he will not defend “many of the provisions” of the abortion ban in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, deeming them “unconstitutional.” The Republican leaders of the two General Assembly chambers, Phil Berger and Tim Moore, have already filed a motion to be allowed to defend the law in Stein’s stead, similar to last year when Stein declined to seek enforcement of the state’s previous 20-week abortion ban after the Dobbs ruling.
The big news in North Carolina politics this week is that House Speaker is facing a lawsuit from fellow Republican and Wake Co. elected official Scott Lassiter. The lawsuit contains a number of disputed allegations, but Moore has admitted to the accusation at the core: that he had a long-term adulterous relationship with Lassiter’s wife:
Castle Doctrine: No charges for Johnston County father who killed attempted intruder
According to police, a man in the small town of Wilson’s Mills fatally shot 24-year-old Jose Ramiro Cac Choc after Cac Choc entered his backyard, “accosted” his 11-year-old child, and attempted to follow the child into his house by “pulling on the back door handle and shaking it violently”.
North Carolina’s “Castle Doctrine” (G.S. 14-51.2), includes protection for defenders who use lethal force against someone who is “in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering” a “home, motor vehicle, or workplace”.
According to Spanish language reports, Jose Ramiro Cac Choc was a Guatemalan migrant. It has been implied by an activist source that Cac Choc was in the country illegally, but I have not been able to confirm.
Keeping you updated:
No charges filed against Raleigh officers in death of man tased multiple times in police custody (ABC11)
State Auditor Beth Wood, who was convicted of hit-and-run, to seek reelection (WRAL)
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