North Carolina

Since 1973, North Carolina has banned all abortions after 20 weeks unless there is “substantial risk that continuance of the pregnancy would threaten the life or gravely impair the health of the woman.” Unlike the 20-week abortion bans that proliferated in the states beginning in 2010, North Carolina’s statute contains no junk science language relating to fetal pain. The ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood recently filed a lawsuit against North Carolina arguing that the 20-week ban is unconstitutional.The ban is currently in effect.

Restrictions: 
Unconstitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability
Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or physical (but not mental) health

North Carolina

Enacted legislation:

Since 1973, North Carolina has banned all abortions after 20 weeks unless there is “substantial risk that continuance of the pregnancy would threaten the life or gravely impair the health of the woman.” Unlike the 20-week abortion bans that proliferated in the states beginning in 2010, North Carolina’s statute contains no junk science language relating to fetal pain. The ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood recently filed a lawsuit against North Carolina arguing that the 20-week ban is unconstitutional.The ban is currently in effect.

Pending legislation: N/A
Special notes:

Legislative ban enacted in 1973 on abortions 20 weeks after fertilization/22 weeks LMP.

Restrictions: Unconstitutionally limits abortion by gestational age after viability | Prohibits later abortion except to preserve a woman's life or physical (but not mental) health