North Carolina conservatives urge override for abortion bill

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Anti-abortion groups say North Carolina legislators will be on history's right side if they override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a measure they say ensures newborns delivered during unsuccessful abortions are cared for like any other baby.

Leaders of socially conservative organizations spoke Monday outside the Legislative Building for the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors" bill, which Cooper vetoed this month. They also announced a rally next week for the measure and other anti-abortion legislation.

The Republican-controlled Senate plans an override vote on Tuesday. Several Democrats from the House and Senate combined would have to join GOP legislators to complete the override.

Cooper said the "born-alive" bill is unnecessary because other laws already protect newborns. Bill supporters describe stories of children born alive after botched abortions and otherwise left to die.