AG Josh Stein talks about abortion, student loans and door-to-door scams
Attorney General Josh Stein answered questions about all the children’s issues covered by his office.
GREENSBORO, NC — Attorney General Josh Stein joined WFMY News 2 and discussed a number of topics Thursday night.
Abortion rights have now been handed over to state lawmakers, after the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Currently, abortion is legal in North Carolina until fetal viability, normally 23 weeks.
Republican lawmakers have now called on Attorney General Josh Stein to reinstate an old North Carolina law on any abortion after 20 weeks.
A federal judge struck down that law citing Roe v. Wade.
Now that Roe v. Wade is no more, it would take a federal judge to reinstate the 20-week ban.
“There is a federal court injunction against the 20 week ban … this matter that my attorneys are looking into, a judge has requested comments, by the state by the parties, as to whether this injunction remains viable and they consider this as we speak,” Attorney General Josh Stein said.
SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS
Attorney General Josh Stein announced a new step in efforts to test a backlog of sexual assault kits.
The state has now recorded a record number of visits to the CODIS DNA database: 1,211 visits.
This represents an increase of almost 18% according to state leaders thanks to increased testing, which allows law enforcement to move forward.
Attorney General Stein launched a statewide sexual assault kit tracking dashboard at www.ncdoj.gov/testthekits. The online dashboard provides up-to-date information on testing progress.
Student loan debt is a big talker and while federal leaders are weighing options for anyone with a student loan, thousands in North Carolina have had their student debt wiped out.
The U.S. Department of Education got rid of remaining federal student loans for students who attended a school operated by Corinthian Colleges.
In North Carolina, that means 12,470 borrowers will receive a total of $142.1 million in loan relief.
More relief is possible.
Anyone who works in the public service, such as for the state or county, can apply to a federal program to have their student loans forgiven.
You must complete a form by October 31, 2022 and you can find more information on how to do so on this website: https://studentaid.gov/pslf/
DOOR TO DOOR SCAMS
The Attorney General’s office has received reports of scammers going door to door in neighborhoods, posing as cleaners or vendors.
Here are some tips to avoid a scam:
- Don’t open the door if you don’t know the visitor
- Do not prepay for work in progress or purchased goods.
- Don’t feel pressured to hire someone or buy something.
- Remember that in North Carolina, the buyer has the right to cancel a door-to-door sale three business days after purchase.
If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, contact the Consumer Protection Division of our office at https://ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint or 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.