Under the Dome

Cooper raising money on McCrory’s support of abortion bill

Attorney General Roy Cooper is seeking to raise campaign money off Gov. Pat McCrory’s decision last week to sign into law a bill that extends the waiting period for an abortion to 72 hours from the current 24 hours.

McCrory in 2012 said in a televised debate that he would not sign into law any new restrictions on abortion. Supporters of abortion rights say his signature on House Bill 465 breaks that pledge. McCrory said in explanation he believes he has “followed that promise” made in 2012.

In an email to supporters on Monday, Cooper wrote: “He hoped no one would notice.”

“Last Friday evening, Governor McCrory signed another bill restricting access to healthcare for North Carolina women – breaking a campaign promise, again,” Cooper wrote. “Well, I don't know about you, but I noticed. And I’m not going to stay silent while he misleads North Carolina women and hurts our teachers with low pay, our workers with stagnant wages and our small businesses with higher taxes.”

Cooper also mentioned Volvo’s decision to build a plant in South Carolina.

“We need leaders who will keep promises and work to improve healthcare, help our schools and bring higher wage jobs to our state,” he said.

He asks supporters to help “by chipping in $5 or more” toward his campaign.