VIDEO: What Do Gerrymandering and Abortion Bans Have in Common

By Michael McElroy

February 13, 2024

The Republican-controlled General Assembly passed its 12-week abortion ban over the objections of nearly every medical association and a majority of North Carolinians, and they did it at night and with little chance for debate.

They passed new election maps, which all but ensure they maintain a supermajority in a 50-50 political state, in a similarly secretive way.

Voters are paying attention, Jillian Riley, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic in North Carolina, said at a gerrymandering event in Raleigh last month.

“College students including young women and young boys, abortion is the number one issue this election,” she said.

Watch here.


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  • Michael McElroy

    Michael McElroy is Cardinal & Pine's political correspondent. He is an adjunct instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and a former editor at The New York Times.



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