So far there has been little to no media coverage of the millions of dollars of taxpayer money that both Senate and House budgets are allocating for crisis pregnancy centers, CPCs. The amount of money allocated for these fake clinics keeps going up. For the 2021/2022 budget, the Senate proposed $4 million to CPCs, and the House proposed $9 MILLION!! Absolutely no taxpayer money should go to them. Law Professor Gene Nichol wrote “Funding NC crisis pregnancy centers is government sponsored religion” in 2019, see https://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article232068072.html. Members should write LTEs and their representatives.
Find your representatives in the NC House and NC Senate at https://ncleg.gov/FindYourLegislators. Call and/or write them both. There should be no public money going to crisis pregnancy centers.
Anna Lynch talks about the House Budget in “A Religious Hegemony is Quietly Taking Over Women’s Reproductive Health Care:
A guide to understanding the deception of crisis pregnancy centers,” 7/22/21, https://chaiselounge.substack.com/p/a-religious-hegemony-is-quietly-taking.
We know many LTEs and op-eds were written against CPCs in the 2019/2020 budget, and before. That 2019/2020 budget didn’t pass. Two Charlotte area Representatives weigh in on the budget process at “Local lawmakers ‘tentatively optimistic’ NC will pass a budget for the first time in years,” 8/20/21. But we’ll see. As reported in the NC NOW Legislative Update from 8/16/21, just because nine Democrats voted for the budget in the process doesn’t mean they would vote to override Governor Cooper’s veto.
2017 was the last time Republicans held veto-proof majorities in both chambers (both the Senate and the House) and could override the Governor’s budget veto. A state budget bill hasn’t passed since then. The Republican leadership in both chambers have refused to compromise on important issues that would help women the most, like Medicaid expansion, or raising the minimum wage, and the Republicans keep putting larger and larger allocations for crisis pregnancy centers. Women would be helped most by Medicaid expansion and raising the minimum wage, because 2/3 of people making minimum wage are women. Even in the same jobs, women generally make less than men. Historically female jobs, like teaching and nursing, continue to be undervalued and underpaid. And yet, the legislative leadership is pouring money into making abortion hard to get.
North Carolina has an unprecedented state surplus of more than $6.5 billion, plus billions more in federal COVID relief funds.
It’s up to women and allies to get weigh in on where they do and don’t want taxpayer money used – write your representatives that you don’t want your taxpayer money going to CPCs but do want other uses of it, and also write letters to the editors (LTEs) and op-eds on why this allocation is completely inappropriate.
Each budget, the Republicans are allocating more and more money for CPCs in the state budget. Every state budget, they try to allocate even more millions to CPCs. Read some of the LTEs in this list about CPCs in the 2019 state budget, which Governor Cooper vetoed, and was not overridden. And get motivated to write your own letters and LTEs! Don’t assume others are taking care of it. Please tell me if you write something and also if it gets published – I would love to preserve it on the NC NOW website. Articles and newspapers go away sometimes.
LTEs and Op-Eds on Taxpayer Money Paying for Anti-Abortion Work, 8/22/2019 – including Lois Roewade’s LTE (her brilliant statement, “I’m outraged that my taxpayer dollars are supporting outright, out-front religious proselytizing organizations” is captured above this block).
“Muck: Anti-Abortion Lies (CPCs get big money in State Budget),” 7/29/2019, Audrey Muck’s article had run in the Winston-Salem Journal.
“Offen: State Budget Money for CPCs Violates Separate of Church and State,” 11/19/2019, Paul Offen had submitted this LTE to the News & Observer in August of 2019.
“Paliga: Over $2.6 Million of 2019 State Budget to CPCs,” 7/19/2019, talks about recipients and amounts. Some of the same recipients are in the 2021 draft budgets.
Again, please email me if you write something and also if it gets published, and what you write, and a link to it once it gets published. I will post with your permission, or at least post links to it. Note that sometimes editors will cut LTEs and op-eds short or change wording.