Save The Date: NC NOW State Conference in Raleigh – 10/20/18

Please join us! Planning inspiring speakers and practical workshops.

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Bunton: The Impact of one more Conservative #SCOTUS Justice on Roe v Wade

As we move into the full second year of the Trump presidency, we have seen an unprecedented amount of attacks on immigrants, religious freedom, freedom of the press and levels of racism and sexism the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 60s.  We have also seen the highest court in the nation uphold the rights of individuals and businesses to discriminate against a person’s sexual orientation because of their religious beliefs, and that same court upholding a ban against Muslims entering the country from six Muslim majority countries.  So, the question on everyone’s mind is “What will happen to Roe v Wade if another Trump appointed Supreme Court judge is appointed?”

Sign from Women’s Rally On Raleigh, 1/20/18

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NC NOW Legislative Short Session Wrap-Up #7, 2 Jul 18

North Carolina NOW Legislative Wrap-up—3 July 2018 – By Robin Davis

ADJOURNMENT RESOLUTION—THEY’RE GONE, BUT THEY’LL BE BAAAACK!

The short session adjourned on June 26, 2018—but the Adjournment Resolution calls for a lame duck session beginning November 27.  This session will occur before the newly elected legislators take office; therefore, Republicans will retain their gerrymandered veto-proof majorities in both houses for one more session.

One section of full press conference room after the ERA NC Advocacy Day 2018 press conference. Photo Credit: Sen. Floyd McKissick

SIX PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

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ERA NC Advocacy Day a Big Hit – 6/27/18

The ERA NC Advocacy Day on Wednesday, 6/27/18, included at least 100 women and a few good men from across North Carolina, many dressed in green and white. The event was organized by the ERA-NC Alliance and associated groups (including NC NOW, NC4ERA, RatifyERANC, AAUW-NC, LWV-NC, BPW-NC) as follows at the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St.

Many of the ERA NC event participants who came from across the state of NC. Photo Credit: Mike Oniffrey

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Peeples: Why is Evidence Ignored in Storage and Thrown Away?

NC may have the most untested rape kits in the nation (15,160 reported from 92% of law enforcement agency reports submitted). It is clear that too many rape kits are going unprocessed in NC and the NC General Assembly is not providing money to test or to track them, even in the face of this astounding backlog. It is also significant that none were reported from any universities (according to the report from Attorney General Josh Stein’s office). But when rapes are reported in NC, the state is falling down on the job – not processing the evidence and actually sometimes throwing away the evidence. Ignoring the evidence causes more damage in the long run, allowing rapists to run amok in NC and move on to other states. And there are many advantages of testing them as soon as possible.

“Every $1 spent on the analysis of a kit returns $81 from averted future assaults.”

This sentence is from an article reviewing the research of two Stanford University professors published this year in the Journal of Forensic Science. The article is titled “Analyzing approaches to the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in the USA.” (March 5, 2018) by Professors Wang and Wein. They also state in the article that the $81 may be a conservative estimate and it could go as high as $3,000 for every $1 spent. They estimate that there are around 400,000 untested sexual assault kits in the backlog in the USA.

Sexual Assault Kits on display at NC NOW State Conference in 2017. Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

Their reviews of police data for jailed perpetrators suggest that the average number of assault victims per assailant is around 26. The cost of testing a kit ranges from $700 to $1500.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #6, 25 Jun 18

This is the beginning of NC NOW’s 6th legislative update for the 2018 Short Session. The whole update includes summaries on constitutional amendments, further restrictions on early voting, and judicial redistricting, as well as ERA actions and bill tracking. The legislative updates are written by NC NOW VP of Legislation, Robin Davis.

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As many as four proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution could be on the ballot this fall.  All of the proposed amendments are designed to appeal to the Republican base in hopes that they will increase conservative voter turnout.  For an overview, see:  http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/06/22/round-up-ncga-discusses-four-constitutional-amendments-hunting-and-fishing-voter-id-victims-rights-legislative-appointment-of-judges/

Attorney Aylett Colston organized an event at Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh at which people spoke out against voter id and voter suppression. Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

VOTER ID/STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

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About “Birthright: A War Story”

Birthright: A War Story is an examination of an aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. Filmmaker Civia Tamarkin explores the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals.

See New York Times review of the film at “Review: In ‘Birthright: A War Story,’ a 40-Year Offensive Against Reproductive Choices,” 7/13/17. 

Raleigh and Durham NOW are planning to show “Birthright: A War Story” in late summer or early fall, 2018.

Trapped Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion, 7/26/18

Please join us for a screening and panel discussion of Dawn Porter’s documentary Trapped on Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Raleigh. Trapped documents the dangerous effects TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) have on people seeking an abortion and the medically unnecessary restrictions they place on abortion providers.

This screening is to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt” decision, which successfully challenged Texas’ TRAP laws.

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Take Action to Ratify ERA in NC, 6/27/18

Take Action to Ratify ERA in NC, with the ERA NC Alliance, of which NC NOW is a lead member. Join us in person in this action, and you can also call or email from home.
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One more state. Not one more generation. We urge you to participate in ERA-NC Advocacy Day on Wednesday, June 27th at the NCGA in Raleigh. This CALL TO ACTION comes on the heels of Illinois becoming the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) on 5/30/18. Only one more state ratification is needed to amend the US Constitution. NC is now the face of the national conversation. Our state is poised to make history, becoming the 38th and final state needed to push the passage of the amendment over the top.

NC NOW Women at NCGA on 3/27/17, Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle

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Trump Administration Attacks Women via ACA and Title X Changes

How Trump Administration changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to Title X will hurt women, by NC NOW President Gailya Paliga.

Here are 3 things people may not realize about women and health insurance.

  • The ACA stopped insurance companies from cheating women (and seniors). It also forced coverage of people with preexisting conditions (like pregnancy)!! 
  • The repeal of the individual mandate Trump did in December of 2017 will cause premiums to go up beyond the reach of many women, taking away their ability to afford good insurance. Trump allowing junk insurance plans only makes more healthy people leave ACA, further causing prices to rise.
  • Trump’s new gag rule undercuts the purpose of Title X, the federal family planning program, and will cause women’s clinics to close all over the country, taking away the only medical options left for many young, rural and low income women.


Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

How the ACA Stopped Insurance Companies from Cheating Women

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