Two snowstorms this week are wreaking havoc on planned women’s events (and our lives!). NC Women United’s Women’s Advocacy Day had to be cancelled on Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 due to an unexpected snowstorm that caught even the weather forecasters by surprise. In fact, roads weren’t brined and schools weren’t cancelled until after the school busses were en route on Tuesday morning.
The cancellation came after an exciting reception on Monday night, Feb 23, in which Rep. Carla Cunningham (D -Mecklenberg) announced that an ERA resolution would be introduced soon in the N.C. House of Representatives. Cunningham is one of the primary sponsors in the House. Read more about this event at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/fearless-carla-cunningham-and-introduction-of-era-in-nc/
Fayetteville NOW had to postpone their annual Susan B. Anthony event, which had been scheduled for Thursday evening, February 26, 2015. Their event is listed at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/15th-annual-sba-event-fayetteville-now-22615/
Both events will be rescheduled.
Some people are surprised to learn how many women get abortions in the US and how safe getting an abortion actually is. Also, abortion has been accessible in North Carolina (mostly in urban areas) with less interference through 2011. What do you know about the increase in interference with women, doctors and abortion increasing in NC and the national trend? Find something here.
One in Three women have an abortion by age 45
Most people aren’t aware how many women and girls have abortions in the US.
The number of states considered hostile to abortion skyrocketed from 2000 to 2014, as you can see in the infographic from Guttmacher Institute, at http://www.guttmacher.org/media/infographics/2000-2014-maps-states.html
North Carolina was doing fine through 2010. When the conservatives took over the Legislature in 2011, women’s access to abortion was attacked in a severe way. Somehow conservatives convinced a Republican woman to sponsor an omnibus bill interfering with access to abortion in many ways. This bill sought to burden abortion doctors as well – giving the man who provided the sperm (be he husband, boyfriend, or rapist) legal standing to sue the abortion provider for performing an abortion!