NC lawmakers pass 12-week abortion ban; governor vows veto

North Carolina state Sen. Kandie Smith, a Pitt County Democrat, holds up a sign that reads "Politicians Make Crappy Doctors" on the Senate floor Thursday in Raleigh, N.C., after the chamber voted to approve new abortion restrictions. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers on Thursday approved and sent to the governor a ban on nearly all abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, down from the current 20 weeks, in response to last year’s overturning of Roe v. Wade at the U.S. Supreme Court.