Roe 2021: Will There Be Choice in NC?

Chapel Hill NOW, Durham NOW, and Raleigh NOW (North Carolina) are collaborating on a Zoom event to commemorate the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 27th. Our speakers are looking at the future of reproductive access if the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) should be able to overrule or otherwise undo the Roe v. Wade decision which gave women control over their own bodies. Speakers will talk about what NC law would revert to without Roe, and also how telemedicine is changing abortion health care.

The Trump Administration managed to place 3 anti-abortion justices on this court and since the tragic passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. soon to be former President Trump’s dream Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is hard at work trying to take away our right to choose.  See “Supreme Court OKs White House Request To Limit Abortion Pill Access During Pandemic,” 1/13/21, NPR.

Name: Will There Be Choice in NC?
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Link: Zoom Event – Register at
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We plan to explore these questions of current interest:

  • What restrictions currently determine access to abortion in North Carolina?
  • What are North Carolinians facing if Roe v Wade is overturned or further weakened?
  • What are the most effective means to prevent a further deterioration of the right of people to safe and legal reproductive care?

Two of our speakers are known authorities in North Carolina – Gailya Paliga, the NC NOW President and Tara Romano, the Naral Pro-Choice North Carolina Executive Director. Our third panelist, Dr. Carrie Baker, will talk about how telemedicine is changing abortion health care. Dr. Carrie Baker is a professor of women’s and gender studies at Smith College, a regular contributor to Ms. magazine, and President of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts.

Here are a few articles from each speaker.

I. Dr. Carrie Baker’s Ms. articles on medication abortion:

Telemedicine Is Revolutionizing Abortion Health Care—in Ways Likely To Persist Long Past COVID,” Ms., January 4, 2021.

How Telemedicine Startups Are Revolutionizing Abortion Health Care in the U.S.Ms., November 16, 2020

U.S.-Based Online Pharmacy First to Ship Abortion Pills to Patients Inside the U.S., Ms., September 30, 2020.

The Abortion Pill Mifepristone Just Became Easier to GetMs., July 21, 2020.

Feminist Multi-Front Battle to End FDA’s Abortion Pill RestrictionMs., May 21, 2020.

No-Test Medication Abortion Increases Safety and Access During COVID-19Ms., May 13, 2020.

Self-Managed Abortion Is Medically Very Safe. But Is It Legally Safe? Ms., April 1, 2020

Abortion Is Available by Mail in 13 States; 21 Attorneys General Urge Broader AccessMs., March 31, 2020

Telemedicine Abortion: What It Is and Why We Need It Now More Than EverMs., March 26, 2020

Lies and Hypocrisy: Anti-Abortion Arguments to Restrict the Abortion PillMs., June 7, 2020.

Safe and Supported: Inside the DIY Abortion MovementMs., January 26, 2018 (reprinted at Our Bodies, OurSelves)

II. A few articles by Tara Romano, Executive Director of Naral Pro-Choice North Carolina

After nearly a half-century, attacks on Roe v. Wade continue to jeopardize reproductive freedom, NC Policy Watch, 1/22/21 

High stakes in Supreme Court battle demand that the American people have a say, NC Policy Watch, 10/6/20

Reproductive freedom is in the cross-hairs this week at the Supreme Court, NC Policy Watch, 3/2/20 

47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade – A tipping point away from reproductive freedom?, NC Policy Watch, 1/21/20

CPCs: Good money after bad: NC’s mushrooming appropriations to fake health clinics, NC Policy Watch, 8/5/19

Demystifying abortion: How myths and stigma only feed attacks on Roe v. Wade, NC Policy Watch, 2/19/19

III. A few article by Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW, related to Roe and SCOTUS

SCOTUS Follows Precedent in Louisiana Abortion Case, Women Advance NC, 7/8/20

NC NOW president: State legislature refuses gift of Medicaid expansion – again, Fayetteville Observer, 5/7/20

Will SCOTUS Legislate From The Bench (2020)?, NC NOW website, 2/26/20


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