The North Carolina Senate passed legislation Thursday that would prohibit women from getting abortions based on sex, race, or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
The measure passed on a party-line vote of 27-20, with Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing. The legislation had previously passed the House, with six Democrats joining Republicans in approving the measure.
If signed into law, the bill would require abortion providers in the state to sign a statement validating that a woman is not receiving an abortion to avoid birthing a child with Down syndrome or a baby of an unwanted sex or race.
“A person shall not intentionally or knowingly perform, induce, or attempt to perform or induce an abortion of an unborn child if the abortion is being sought because of the actual or presumed race or sex of the unborn child or because of the presence or presumed presence of Down syndrome,” the bill reads.
State Republicans celebrated the measure’s passage,