Reproductive freedom of NC women apparently in the hands of one man
As reported by Laura Leslie of WRAL and others, it appears that the basic reproductive freedoms of North Carolina women (freedoms like the right not have your decisions about your body interfered with by the man who raped and forcibly impregnated you) are likely in the hands of one person — Wake County Senator Richard Stevens.
Stevens always liked to cast himself as a moderate in his days in the minority. He voted for the Democratic state budget just last year and “took a walk” the first time the abortion bill came up. This, however, will be the acid test. Will Stevens do the right thing (something his moderate suburban constituents would no doubt overwhelmingly support) or will he cast his lot with the theocrats and radical right? Based on his performance thus far this session, it appears that matters are hanging by one helluva thin reed.
(UPDATED: Josh Ellis of State Government Radio reports that Stevens is out all week. With Republican Senator Stan Bingham apparently still opposed to the bill, anti-choice advocates could be out of luck — at least for now).