Go directly to the NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #22 (1 Jul 19), with summary and bill listings. Written by Robin Davis, NC NOW Vice President of Political Action and Lobbyist. Summary follows.
The legislature passed the budget on Thursday, June 27, and the governor vetoed it the next day. Governor Cooper stated that he did not veto the budget solely because it does not contain Medicaid expansion. He believes it also fails in the areas of education and the economy. He will offer a counter-proposal. For more information, see: https://governor.nc.gov/news/governor-cooper-vetoes-gop-budget-fails-public-education-health-care-and-economy. If an agreement between the governor and the legislative leaders cannot be reached before the end of the fiscal year, there will not be a government shut-down; everything will continue to be funded at its present level.
The budget also quadrupled support for Human Coalition, a Texas-based anti-abortion organization that runs a crisis pregnancy center in Raleigh whose main focus is to convince women to carry their pregnancies to term. The Raleigh News and Observer has done in-depth reporting on Human Coalition and other crisis pregnancy organizations that receive state funding: see https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article231719523.html
Last year (2018) Human Coalition received an appropriation of $300,000 that was increased to $1.2 million in the current budget.
According to its website, Human Coalition has “developed marketing outreaches, women’s care clinics, and cultural influences to end abortion city by city.” Clearly, its main objective is to develop and disseminate anti-abortion propaganda. The crisis pregnancy clinic in Raleigh provides no medical services, but refers clients to various government, religious, and private resources for assistance beyond being subjected to anti-abortion propaganda.
Based on the incomplete and late reports submitted by Human Coalition, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), did not recommend increasing funding to expand its program, noting that “although connecting people to existing programs like WIC or housing assistance can be helpful, the model being piloted by Human Coalition has not been subject to independent research or evaluation. Therefore, it cannot be identified as evidence-based or even best practice” Human Coalition also did not meet the Better Business Bureau’s charity review standards.
In committee, Democratic legislators asked pointed questions and raised objections, but were overruled.
Funding for Human coalition, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. Overall, the budget appropriates a total of $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers to pursue their anti-abortion agenda. However, a proposal to deny funding to any agency, including hospitals, that provides abortion services was defeated. See: https://indyweek.com/news/archives/ncga-budget-gives-2.6-million-crisis-pregnancy-centers/
Click on NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #22 (1 Jul 19), to see summary and bill listings.