The state House today overrode Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill requiring women seeking abortions to wait 24 hours, receive counseling and be shown an ultrasound of her fetus.
The override came by a one-vote margin, with Rep. James Crawford, a Democrat representing Vance and Granville counties, changing his mind and casting the deciding vote. The House needed 72 votes to override.
Crawford said afterward that he changed his vote but not his mind on the issue, explaining that he was opposed to abortion but voted against the bill last time out of a sense of obligation to fellow Democrats.
“I tried to support my party but my heart wasn’t in it, and I felt like this was the right way to go,” Crawford said.
Rep. Ruth Samuelson, a Mecklenburg County Republican who was the primary sponsor of the bill, said she learned last night that Crawford was willing to change his vote. She said she called him to confirm, and then let House Speaker Thom Tillis know.
Tillis has said the House will bring any vetoed bill up for an override vote if Republicans have enough votes.
Samuelson said she has also learned that the Senate has enough votes to finalize the override. The Senate was also one vote short when it approved the bill.