Will Doran, for the News and Observer: US District Court Judge William Osteen just ruled that North Carolina’s ban on women having abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy is unconstitutional.
The ruling won’t go into effect immediately. The judge gave state lawmakers 60 days to either write a new abortion law or appeal his ruling. The state’s abortion ban has exceptions for certain emergencies, but critics said it doesn’t comply with U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
Osteen, who was appointed to the court by Republican President George W. Bush, agreed.