Category Archives: abortion

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

Coverage of rallies around the state of the noon events, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte: NC Organizations Rally Against Abortion Bans, Spectrum, 5/21/19.

Chapel Hill NOW – 21 May 19

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

The reporter recognized that there were at least 8 #StopTheBan events planned around NC, from NC NOW’s media advisory.

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#StopTheBans Sign Ideas – 2019 and always

Ideas from all over, including Women Organizing for Wilmington (WOW), who got their signs on facebook early. WOW did events supporting women’s rights on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday May 21. Join them any Monday at noon!

Photo Credit: Women Organizing for Wilmington

Not the Church and Not the State – Women must decide their fate.

No you can NOT take my rights. I am still using them.

You don’t own me. (equals symbol)

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Media Advisory: Chapel Hill #StopTheBans Event on 5/21/19 at Noon

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CONTACTS:
Geraldine Richards, President of Chapel Hill NOW, nowchapelhill@gmail.com

Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women (NC NOW), http://www.northcarolinanow.org, nownorthcarolina@gmail.com

Raleigh, NC, 5/20/19 Women and allies have quickly set up events across North Carolina and the country to fight back against these unconstitutional attempts to gut Roe, control women, and punish doctors.  Conservative and sometimes frighteningly clueless lawmakers file and pass these bans in a country where rapists too often go free and domestic violence is rampant. Together we say: stop the abortion bans.And get to work addressing real problems!

The rally in Chapel Hill is one of at least eight #stopthebans events in North Carolina, organized in 7 cities. NC NOW is tracking these events at https://wp.me/p22b2e-24E.

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NC and Other State Abortion Bans – What Are We Looking At?

Good news first – New York and Vermont are protecting abortion rights. However, as of 5/17/19, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah have passed new antiabortion laws, and similar bills are pending in other states. These laws are designed to oppress and control women. The goal is to overturn Roe v Wade, using the new makeup of the US Supreme Court with Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

Sign from Women Organizing for Wilmington for the #StopTheBans rally in Wilmington on 5/21/19. Photo Credit: Deb Shoemaker

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NC NOW Legislative Update #16 – How Attempted Vetoes Work– 5/20/19

Go directly to NC NOW Legislative Update #16 (20 May 19) which includes summary and bills being tracked.

The games around scheduling a House vote on SB359, Born Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act, continued another week.  The Governor vetoed the bill on April 18, and the Senate voted to override the veto on April 30.   One Democrat, Sen. Don Davis of Pitt County, voted with the Republicans to override the veto.   His vote has created a tremendous backlash, and several progressive groups have vowed to recruit a candidate to challenge him in his primary in 2020.  For more information, see:  http://www.reflector.com/News/2019/05/15/Progressives-target-Davis-for-challenge.html   

Republicans do not have a veto-proof majority in the House—the Republicans have 65 seats and Democrats have 55.  To override a veto requires a 2/3 majority (72 votes if all members are present and voting) or 2/3 of those present and voting.  In order to override a veto, Republicans must either win some votes from Democratic members or call for a vote when some Democrats are absent.  The fierce backlash against Democratic Sen. Don Davis for his vote with Republicans to override the Governor’s veto in the Senate may be making it difficult for Republicans to field the necessary Democratic votes.  A veto override vote was scheduled for 05/02/2019, then rescheduled for 05/03/2019.  The vote was then scheduled for 05/06/2019, 05/07/2019, 05/15/2019, and 05/16/ 2019.  Now the vote is on the calendar for 05/20/2019.

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Find a Stop Abortion Bans Protest Near You! 5/21/19

Women are setting up rallies or protests around North Carolina and around the country for Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and Wednesday, May 22. Currently have 9 such rallies in 8 cities in NC (two in Greensboro). Asheville is doing their own on May 22.

A person can find the closest one to them at http://www.stopabortionbans.org/. This site has been running behind (probably due to so many protests being added!) If there isn’t an event near you yet, you can make your own and register it! Like the women’s marches.

We’re tracking the ones around NC here. 

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