The NC House approved a SEVENTY-TWO HOUR waiting period, up from 24 hours, which was added in 2011 under the so called “Women’s Right To Know” act. This bill does other heinous things. The bill requires that doctors performing abortions on fetuses more than 18 weeks must send the woman’s ultrasound, measurements, etc to DHHS for examination!!! What other medical procedure has anywhere near this level of interference in private medical business!?! This bill continues to show the current majority of NC lawmakers imposing their will and power over women’s lives. But it should not stand – it is based on heresay, not science or studies or facts, and it is placing un-due burden on women.
Many Republican lawmakers stepped out during the debate, and had to be corralled for the vote. They didn’t have the courtesy to listen to the debate.
The WRAL article, ” NC House approves three-day abortion waiting period”
at http://www.wral.com/nc-house-approves-three-day-abortion-waiting-period/14601698/#iDjXZ2b8FV1icGIf.99 also says how hard some lawmakers (all Democrats) tried to rein this craziness in, and also about their very loud ‘NOs’ on the third and final vote (and maybe every vote).
The bill was heard in the Health Committee on 4/22/15, and was heard by the full House already on 4/23/15. In the full House, only one opponent of the bill was allowed to speak. House Committee chair Rep. Brian Brown completely ignored doctors and other experts who had prepared speeches. Instead, he repeatedly called for anti-abortion testimony.
Posted in abortion, economic justice, families, health care, ncga interference, reproductive rights, women
Tagged abortion, Families, legislative agenda, reproductive rights, Tricia Cotham, waiting period, women, women's rights
LEGISLATIVE ALERT on HB847 – puts minors at risk
House Bill 847, Amend Laws Re: Medical Treatment of Minors, is a very bad bill. The hard right has repeatedly attacked existing law that guarantees confidential medical treatment for minors for venereal disease, pregnancy, substance abuse, and mental illness. The medical community supports the current law (maintaining minor consent) because there is good reason to believe that in many cases minors would not seek medical help if they knew that their parents would be informed. It is unfortunate when minors feel they cannot confide in their parents, but all caring parents would prefer for their children to obtain the medical help they need instead of having their conditions go untreated. House Bill 847 would require parental consent for minors to be treated for these conditions. The second provision of House Bill 847 would protect parents from charges of neglect or abuse of minor children if they are following medical advice even if the advice they are following is discredited or rejected by the medical community as a whole.
It appears that, among other things, this bill would provide cover for parents who subject their minor children to medically discredited therapies to “cure” them of homosexuality and would leave no recourse for concerned family members, health care professionals, or other adults.
Posted in Bad Science, health care, ncga interference, reproductive rights, women
Tagged bad law, discrimination, legislative agenda, lgbt, ncga interference, reproductive rights, safety, women
Take action against a really over-the-top anti-abortion bill, House Bill 465, titled “Clarify & Modify Certain Abortion Laws”.
As per NC NOW’s legislative update, “The war against women escalated with the introduction of House Bill 465. This bill goes beyond any other bill ever introduced in North Carolina.”
Call Rep. Nelson Dollar, at 919-715-0795, and tell him how outraged you are on these new attacks on women and on doctors and medical students. You can call and leave a simple message like, “Please tell Rep. Dollar how outraged I am at HB465. He has the ability to stop it. He needs to stop it.”
If you want to go beyond the simple messages, here are some points you can use about HB465. (Note: Since this article was written, the bill writers backed off their attacks on UNC and ECU.)
NC4ERA and NC NOW would like to share opportunities to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in NC. The first is an NC4ERA petition with Change.org. Please link and sign. http://ow.ly/Loh1S You can also sign the form ‘in person.’
On Thursday, April 14th, Marena Groll from NC4ERA and Gailya Paliga from NC National Organization for Women spoke at the 2015 People’s Legislative Advocacy Day about the need for ERA and the 2 bills that were introduced in the NC Senate (S184) and NC House (H166) already this year.
We also did a “Silent Sentinel” Vigil for the ERA. It began at 2:00 pm in the Legislative Building in Raleigh, 16 Jones St. So many people who came by did not know about ERA – I mean women didn’t know!
Read more at NC4ERA about North Carolina’s own Silent Sentinel daughter, Virginia Arnold, a determined Suffragist. May we follow in her footsteps.