VIDEO: Rev. Heather Rodrigues: NC Abortion Law “Mandates Suffering”

VIDEO: Rev. Heather Rodrigues: NC Abortion Law “Mandates Suffering”

By Billy Ball

January 23, 2024

On the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a NC minister explains why Republican lawmakers’ abortion ban has made life more dangerous for women.

The Rev. Heather Rodrigues of Duke Memorial in Durham was one of numerous faith leaders who spoke out Monday in Raleigh.

Lawmakers’ 12-week abortion ban, which was part of 2023’s Senate Bill 20, has made it harder for women who need emergency medical care to get it quickly.

Rodrigues says it “mandates suffering, suffering that is an affront to human rights and to my beliefs as a Christian.” For Cardinal & Pine’s deep-dive into the history of reproductive freedom in NC, click here.


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  • Billy Ball

    Billy Ball is Cardinal & Pine's senior community editor. He’s covered local, state and national politics, government, education, criminal justice, the environment and immigration in North Carolina for almost two decades, winning state, regional and national awards for his reporting and commentary.

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