As the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision approaches, it is important for us to take a stand and make a public statement in support of the rights it protects. We invite you to join us in signing our annual pro-choice signature ad. The war against women’s reproductive rights has escalated to unprecedented heights. A slew of abortion ban bills were introduced around the country in 2019. See a few examples in the NC and Other State Abortion Bans – What Are We Looking At?
In North Carolina, we’ve just experienced one of the least productive legislative sessions in North Carolina history. The NC General Assembly finally adjourned in November with no more damage done to reproductive rights—but the threats are real and ongoing. Our governor vetoed an outrageous bill claiming to protect born-alive fetuses from murder on the grounds that existing law already protects born-alive infants. Other equally outrageous bills were introduced, but died in committee. Anti-abortion forces no longer enjoy free reign to implement their extreme agenda here in North Carolina—with one major exception.
The budget vetoed by Gov. Cooper included over 2.6 million dollars given away to anti-abortion organizations and even directly to “crisis pregnancy” centers. These “fake clinics” provide few if any medical services. Instead they lure women seeking abortion services and spread misleading and untrue anti-abortion propaganda. Their sole purpose is to dissuade women from having abortions. It is an outrage to give 2.6 million in tax dollars to fund activities of the anti-abortion movement.
Here in North Carolina, the forces for abortion rights have been historically strong, but with new threats emerging our voices must grow stronger and our support for a woman’s right to choose must become more visible. To maintain and expand the gains we have made we must continue to show strong grassroots support for reproductive rights in our state.
You can raise your voice by supporting North Carolina NOW’s signature ad that will mark the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision with a strong statement upholding women’s reproductive rights. The two-page ad will run in the centerfold of the January 22, 2020, edition of the Indy Week, a weekly newspaper serving the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. The exact wording of the ad will be:
“We, the undersigned, support women’s right to safe, legal and accessible birth control and abortion. We condemn 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 of public funding for family planning services and funding for abortions for indigent women.”
We guarantee that this message will reach every North Carolina legislator because North Carolina NOW volunteers will deliver a copy of the ad to every member of the General Assembly after the legislative session begins in January. Please email email@example.com if you want to help.
A signature ad has large impact because it demonstrates broad popular support for an issue. At the same time a signature ad tells those who want to undermine reproductive rights that there is a strong and organized opposition to their position. We urge you to support this statement by adding your name or by simply making a contribution if you do not want your name printed in the ad.
Please fill out and mail the Pro-choice Signature Ad Appeal (2020) form along with your contribution today. Or use this link to sign up online: https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/pro-choice-signature-ad/. If you do not want your name to appear in the ad, please indicate your wish on the form. Please be as generous as you can. We deeply appreciate your support.
For NC NOW,
Gailya Paliga, President