On Jan 22, 2015, we’ll celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision which gave women control over their own bodies and lives. This year as every year, NC NOW will run a pro-choice signature ad in the Indy Weekly to celebrate the anniversary, highlight that North Carolinians support safe and legal access to abortion. We will deliver copies of the ad to all of our representatives in the NC Senate and NC House when the long session starts in 2015.
Here are some previous signature ads!
The text of the signature ad says
“We, the undersigned, support a woman’s right to safe, legal and accessible birth control and abortion. We condemn the acts of violence and intimidation directed at women and their health care providers. We agree that these rights extend to all women regardless of economic status, and, as taxpayers, affirm our support for family planning services and for abortions for indigent women.”
Take a look at our appeal letter at sigad2015.pdf
To add your name or donate online, go to https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/pro-choice-signature-ad/
The Affordable Care Act improved health care a lot, and continues to help people – but here is a NOW article from 2010 explaining at what price it came, and also reiterating a more efficient and less costly solution – single payer.
Originally posted on the national NOW website and in the National NOW Times, at http://www.now.org/nnt/spring-2010/health.html
Although Republican lawmakers did all they could to derail health care reform (including using the abortion issue as a political football), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act finally passed after a grueling process of deal making and compromises. Had it not passed, inside-the-beltway pundits were poised to declare President Obama virtually irrelevant; instead, they pronounced the law a major victory for him. But some of the compromises made to ensure passage will have far-reaching, damaging impacts on women. NOW and its allies are already gearing up to “reform the reform” and repeal the Hyde Amendment, which was used to justify the anti-abortion provision.
NOW has advocated for a single-payer health system since the 1990s. Unfortunately, the new law is based on our flawed and expensive system of private health insurance. Under the law, everyone must have insurance, with a few limited exceptions and penalties for those who do not purchase coverage. The roughly 70 percent of people who have insurance through their employers will stay in those plans, for the most part. Unfortunately, it’s not a universal reform: 23 million people, one-third of whom are undocumented immigrants, won’t be covered.
Posted on the NC NOW facebook page on May 4, 2014.
Good news, surprising only to these doomsayers. The bigger boon to NC would be expanding Medicaid. The BILLIONS of DOLLARS in FEDERAL MONEY would provide health care for working people (many single moms), freeing up money for their local communities. The FEDERAL MONEY would also provide jobs in the medical field to cover these new people – estimated were 18,000-25,000 new jobs. The FEDERAL MONEY would also help hospitals and clinics, all across NC, most notably in rural communities. Expanding Medicaid is a win/win/win on health coverage, money for businesses and hospitals, and providing new jobs.
NC NOW facebook posting from Feb 20, 2014.
Some immigrant families are being torn apart – any attention of the police in some cases can trigger jail and deportation. According to the booklet, more people have been deported from the US since 2000 than in the full century before it.
It is crazy difficult to immigrate legally to the US, with backlogs and crazy processes. This is the horror of how the US is dealing with it now.
“Immigration judges often cannot consider the individual circumstances of anyone’s case and must order automatic detention and deportation, even if you have a green card, TPS, DACA or are a refugee.”
Even if you have kids born here and have been living and working in the US for decades.
Just wrong. Please take a look.
This explains a lot about the targetting of the Femcare clinic in Asheville last year. It was originally posted on NC NOW’s facebook page on 3/13/14.
ASHEVILLE — When state health inspectors suspended Western North Carolina’s only abortion clinic’s operations in the aftermath of a heated debate over a new abortion law last summer, some observers questioned the timing.
Now, Carolina Public Press has obtained internal records from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services that shed light on behind-the-scenes political and public relations maneuvering surrounding Femcare’s three-week closure.
Great press release on the injustices to Marissa Alexander. As you probably know, Alexander is the Florida woman who was not allowed to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground (SYG) law in her defense after she fired warning shots to try to scare away an abusive husband who was ignoring a protective order against him by accosting her and her new baby). She was originally jailed for 20 years for firing the warning shot into the ceiling!! Later the (conservative) prosecutor went after her with a 60 year jail sentence!!!