Category Archives: abortion

Roewade: Taxpayer-funded propaganda

Lois Roewade from Pfafftown didn’t mince any words in her LTE, titled “Taxpayer-funded propaganda,” which ran in the 8/3/19 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal. Find it at The Readers’ Forum: Saturday letters.

Taxpayer-funded Propoganda

Currently the N.C. legislature is at a budget stalemate over the issue of Medicaid expansion, which would provide affordable, quality health care to approximately 500,000 people. The cost? About $2.13 billion, 90% of which would be reimbursed by federal dollars and the rest paid by hospitals and health plans. (Source: NC state budget).

But there’s another way to help reduce the cost. Eliminate the $2.64 million budgeted for crisis pregnancy centers. Of this total, $1.2 million is directed to the Texas-based Human Coalition, a virulently anti-abortion, anti-contraception, social media-focused organization that blatantly promotes Christian theology all over its website, blog and printed materials.

Quote from Lois Roewade

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Muck: Anti-Abortion Lies (CPCs get big money in State Budget)

Letter To Editor (LTE) calling out NC lawmakers for inappropriate use of taxpayer money in the state budget, by Audrey Muck, ran in the 7/13/19 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal. Find it at The Readers’ Forum: Saturday letters.

Anti-Abortion Lies

A recent letter (“Getting through,” July 2) asked what it will take for our state legislative leadership to understand that sex education and affordable birth control are the answers to abortion. The situation is actually worse. They’ve doubled down on their extremism and taxpayers will pay at least $2.64 million in their budget for religious anti-abortion activities of so-called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in North Carolina.

Contrary to what the logo says – this is a CPC organization in Asheville/Buncombe which has been receiving taxpayer money from NC budget for years.Since 2018, it is also receiving federal grant money!

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Over $2.6 Million of 2019 State Budget to CPCs

The state budget that passed the NC General Assembly in 2019 funnels at least $2.64 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to pursue their anti-abortion agenda. More money is being sent to some of these organizations even though even though the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has serious problems with them.

Crisis Pregnancy Center Protest
Photo Credit: Whole Woman’s Health Blog, 2017

 The breakdown of millions of dollars to anti-abortion organizations is as follows:

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Law Professor Asserts Taxpayer Money Going to CPCs Violates First Amendment (2019)

Various sources are raising alarms about state taxpayer money supporting religious anti-abortion centers known as crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). There are so many problems with the state budget (like refusal to expand Medicaid), that more money for CPCs is not getting sufficient attention. Unfortunately, the NC legislature has been funneling money to CPCs for years.  In 2019, they have quadrupled the amount every fiscal year going to “Human Coalition,” a Texas based anti-abortion organization that runs a crisis pregnancy center in Raleigh. Public funding of CPCs has been covered this year by the News and Observer, Charlotte Observer, Rewire.com, NC NOW’s Legislative Updates, and NC Policy Watch. The problem of CPCs receiving state funding recently got the attention of UNC Law Professor Gene Nichol, who weighed in on the problem in “Funding NC crisis pregnancy centers is government sponsored religion,” 7/1/19, which ran in the Charlotte Observer and News and Observer.

Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley Distinguished professor of law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He teaches courses in constitutional law and federal courts. Photography by Steve Exum of Exumphoto on September 5, 2012.

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Evans: Great News From Charlotte for Patients and Businesses

Thank you Charlotte City Council for voting for quiet zones around churches, schools and medical facilities! It is long overdue!

Photo Credit: Melba Evans

[Anti-abortion] groups from outside of Charlotte, mainly Kannapolis and Concord area, bring hundreds to protest outside of A Women’s Clinic on Latrobe Drive.

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Abortion Is Healthcare Event, Raleigh, 6/11/19

“Abortion Is Healthcare” was the theme of the 125th week of rallies at Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh. This event included national, statewide and local updates on abortion and clinics access. Emcees and speakers included Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW, Tara Romano, Executive Director of Naral Pro-choice North Carolina and Kelsea McLain, A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh.

 

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Media Advisory: Abortion Is Healthcare Event on 6/11/19

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Raleigh, NC, 6/10/19 Abortion has been all over the news lately. Different types of abortion bans have become law recently in various states. In response, #stoptheban and other rallies popped up across North Carolina and the country in days. 

Meanwhile, Missouri is trying hard to shut down the last clinic in Missouri. In fact, just last week, in the midst of the fight between the state and the last clinic, Missouri just added a punitive regulation requiring women seeking a legal abortion in the state to undergo a mandatory, medically unnecessary, invasive pelvic examination. Rachel Maddow broke the story, and  characterizes this as state-sanctioned sexual assault.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #17 – Rep. War on Media in NC – 27 May 2019

The toxic games around scheduling a House vote on SB359, Born Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act, continued another week. The bill is presently on the House calendar for May 29 after being scheduled and rescheduled over and over again for weeks. Democratic House members are making heroic efforts to be present whenever the bill is scheduled for a vote, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. One representative has been leaving her husband’s hospital bedside to be present to vote, and Rep. Sydney Batch, a breast cancer patient who is recovering from a mastectomy, has always been present to vote: “I was hoping to take three weeks off to recover, but unfortunately I did not have that ability,” Batch told TPM about the GOP’s latest effort. “When I realized that Monday, [Republicans were] planning to hold the vote it was worth physical sacrifice and pain to come in to vote. It was extremely important for me to vote.” For more information, see: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/north-carolina-republicans-abortion-restrictions

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Action: Tell NC House Not to Override Veto on so called “Born Alive” bill – 5/2019

Please write, email and/or call your NC House representative to vote to maintain Governor Cooper’s veto of the so called “Born Alive” bill (vote against the veto override). Also write Speaker of the House Tim Moore at how outraged you are at the games being played to override the veto. Here is how to find your representative and ideas on what you can say. If you write or email, your representative should write you back. 

Background:

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#StopTheBans Event Summaries from Around NC – May 2019

Here are some pictures and media on #StopTheBans events around the state. For specifics like date, time and location on each event that was in May 2019, see Find a Stop Abortion Bans Protest Near You! 5/21/19

One source of coverage of the noon rallies around the state, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte: Spectrum News in NC Organizations Rally Against Abortion Bans, 5/21/19.

Chapel Hill NOW – 21 May 19

Chapel Hill NOW president Geraldine Richards organized the #StopTheBans event in Chapel Hill. Ms. Richards and Durham NOW co-president Jennifer Albright were both interviewed by WRAL in Chapel Hill!

The reporter recognized that there were at least 9 #StopTheBans events planned around NC, which she got from NC NOW’s media advisory.

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