NC NOW Legislative Update #11.15 April 19 includes the summary and listing of NC Senate and House bills.
A terrible abortion bill, SB359/HB602, Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, is on the fast-track to be ratified. The underlying premise of the bill, that infants showing signs of life after an attempted abortion are either actively killed or left to die, is outrageous and false. If such thing were to happen, the action would be covered by existing murder and infanticide laws.
The weekly Tuesdays With Tillis protests continue into and beyond the 116th consecutive week of rallies around Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh. The topic on Tuesday, April 9, was the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). NC NOW President Gailya Paliga was one of the speakers, but messages about violence against women were also conveyed through song and chants. Karen Ziegler set the agenda and got discussion going on how “violence against women is a red line that runs through the Trump Administration.” There was also singing, chanting, marching, and interactive discussion of issues.
Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler
Congress is in the process of reauthorizing the 25 year old Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this spring (April 2019). VAWA expired last fall, when Congress was distracted with other issues. Here is some background on VAWA and on changes to improve it in 2019. Sources at end.
What is going on with domestic violence right now?
See the full NC NOW Legislative Update #10.
Another bad abortion bill was introduced this week—there seems to be no end. This one, HB603, Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is really yet another attempt to ban all abortions after 20 weeks with few exceptions. The excuse for banning these abortions, however, does not hold up under scientific scrutiny. Feeling pain at all requires development of a network of neurons along with development of the area of the brain needed to process the sensory data. While it is really impossible to determine what a fetus is experiencing, most studies show that there is not adequate physical development in a fetus to feel pain until 28-30 weeks. For a detailed examination of the evidence pro and con, see: https://www.factcheck.org/2015/05/does-a-fetus-feel-pain-at-20-weeks/
April is #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth and women, and women’s organizations including NOW are urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women’s Act, VAWA. The bill is #HR1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Learn about it here and see what you can do to help move #VAWA along.
HR1585 is a bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA for 5 years. It makes modest yet vital improvements that are necessary to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, and to hold offenders accountable. #VAWA gets reauthorized every 5 years. National NOW published an action alert on reauthorizing #VAWA19 on 3/15/19.
The National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence answered some important questions about VAWA and #HR1585 for people, as follows.
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The Fayetteville State University (FSU) Sociology 400 class has been working with Fayetteville NOW and other organizations at FSU. As part of collaboration, the Sociology students organized a NOW Meet and Greet event at FSU on 3/29/19. Here are a summary and some pictures from the event.
Photo Credit: FSU Sociology 400 Class
In partnership on this Service Learning Partnership event were the class, Fayetteville Chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Fayetteville State University Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, The Women’s History Month Committee, Fayetteville State University Black Feminist Scholars, and Fayetteville State University Spectrum Organization.
North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #9
Three significant bills to protect LGBTQ rights were filed. Another bad anti-abortion bill was filed. A federal judge ruled a provision of another NC anti-abortion law unconstitutional. And a there is an update on a bill on female genital mutilation. The progress of tracked bills has been updated.
The complete legislative update #9 is available at here.
PRESS ADVISORY For Immediate Release
Raleigh, NC, 1/21/19
2019 Raleigh Women’s March
A Women’s March Anniversary Event More than 1,000 Women and Allies Expected
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NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 3/25/19. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.
Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
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Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins was recognized by Fayetteville NOW for her leadership abilities during the organization’s Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, 3/12/19. Chief Hawkins is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville.
Chief Hawkins is one of six woman police chiefs in North Carolina. She talked about herself and her life and what led her to this job and why. She said many times she was a little girl with a big mouth, and Fayetteville NOW VP, Roberta Waddle, quipped “perfect NOW woman!”
SBA Celebration Attendees, food and drinks to right Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga