Fourth Circuit Ponders North Carolina’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

May 6, 2021, 9:03 PM

Abortion providers lacked standing to challenge a North Carolina law that bans abortions after 20 weeks gestation because there’s no danger they’ll be prosecuted under it, the state’s attorney told the Fourth Circuit Thursday.

The fact that the law hasn’t been enforced against providers at any time since it was passed in 1973, along with testimony from two district attorneys disavowing future prosecutions, strongly suggests providers won’t be subject to the law anytime soon, Michael Wood, of the North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh, told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit during oral arguments.

But the lack ...

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