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#StopKavanaugh Event Summary, Raleigh, 9/4/18

The first day of the Senate Confirmation Hearings on nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh were like a three ring circus. Democrats protested loudly that most of Kavanaugh’s work records had not been released to them.  Senators and protesters took turns interrupting the event – all with good reason. Including that “hours before Kavanaugh nomination hearings, Bush lawyer releases 42,000 pages of documents to Judiciary Committee!

Multiple media sources ran articles and video with the same title in print – “Chaos marks start of Kavanaugh hearings!” 9/4/18, Washington Post. Online longer titles were used, like “Partisan fury bursts into the open as Kavanaugh hearings begin.” But it wasn’t only Democratic Senators who were trying to delay the hearing to make for a fairer and more informed process. Most of the protesters were women.  The same article said, “The protesters, who were predominantly women, repeatedly heckled the senators and Kavanaugh, arguing that installing Trump’s second pick to the Supreme Court would irreparably end access to abortion and dismantle the Affordable Care Act.” 

My favorite summary of Day One is two women reviewing it on Rewired.com atBoom! Lawyered: Kavanaugh Hearing, Day One—Changing the Rules.

Regrouping after the walking and chanting phase, getting ready for another set of speakers. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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#SaveScotus and #SaveRoe Town Hall Summaries – Aug 2018

The last two town hall events of the #SaveScotus/#SaveRoe across the state were the last week of August, 2018. Here is a summary of both, with pictures.

The #SaveScotus town hall for the Triad was at Forsyth Central Library in Winston-Salem on 8/29/18. Jen Ferris from Progress North Carolina moderated (see her standing by podium in the picture). Panelists (pictured) are Elizabeth Freeze, Director of Philanthropy at Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic; Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW; and Alicia Diggs, Board Secretary of NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN). Ms. Diggs is also a medical case manager at Positive Wellness Alliance in Lexington, so she deals directly with patients.

       #SaveSCOTUS town hall in Winston-Salem on 8/29/18
       People kept coming in! Photo Credit: Matt Martin

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Town Halls Around NC – #SaveRoe and #SaveSCOTUS – August 2018

The threat to overturn the historic Roe v Wade decision, as well as threat to women’s basic health care in general, has increased since the election of 45, the nominations of both Neil Gorsuch (now seated on SCOTUS, Supreme Court Of The United States) and Brett Kavanaugh. We must stand firm and fight for the preservation of reproductive rights and the sanctity of #SCOTUS.  Make plans to attend any town hall meetings near you to show your support for Roe and SCOTUS. These town halls are hosted by Progress North Carolina, NC NOW, Naral Pro-choice North Carolina, Equality NC, Action NC and more organizations.

Upcoming events:

Update on 8/22/18: the Triad #SaveScotus event is being rescheduled from 8/23/18 to 8/29/18.

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Action: Stop #SCOTUS Nomination – Save Roe, Save America!

Senator Thom Tillis is sending out emails asking constituents to sign a petition in support of #SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh! Tillis sent out at least two emails about this petition already – one last Friday (the 13th) and one on 7/16/18, the same day of Trump’s #TreasonSummit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Read more about Kavanaugh and take action here.

The truth is that Kavanaugh has made some very shocking rulings and has very surprising ideas (like that a sitting president is above the law). You can read this two page summary from Yale Law Students, Alumni, and Educators Regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s previous rulings, and the original letter with signatures is on googledoc here.  (I know not everyone can access googledocs.) The Yale letter summarizes itself as follows.

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Bunton: The Impact of one more Conservative #SCOTUS Justice on Roe v Wade

As we move into the full second year of the Trump presidency, we have seen an unprecedented amount of attacks on immigrants, religious freedom, freedom of the press and levels of racism and sexism the likes of which haven’t been seen since the 60s.  We have also seen the highest court in the nation uphold the rights of individuals and businesses to discriminate against a person’s sexual orientation because of their religious beliefs, and that same court upholding a ban against Muslims entering the country from six Muslim majority countries.  So, the question on everyone’s mind is “What will happen to Roe v Wade if another Trump appointed Supreme Court judge is appointed?”

Sign from Women’s Rally On Raleigh, 1/20/18

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About “Birthright: A War Story”

Birthright: A War Story is an examination of an aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. Filmmaker Civia Tamarkin explores the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals.

See New York Times review of the film at “Review: In ‘Birthright: A War Story,’ a 40-Year Offensive Against Reproductive Choices,” 7/13/17. 

Raleigh and Durham NOW are planning to show “Birthright: A War Story” in late summer or early fall, 2018.

Trapped Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion, 7/26/18

Please join us for a screening and panel discussion of Dawn Porter’s documentary Trapped on Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Raleigh. Trapped documents the dangerous effects TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) have on people seeking an abortion and the medically unnecessary restrictions they place on abortion providers.

This screening is to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt” decision, which successfully challenged Texas’ TRAP laws.

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Pro-choice Signature Ad Packets Delivered on 6/4/18

NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 6/4/18. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW. 

NC NOW Members Deliver Pro-Choice Signature Ad Packets on Jun 4, 2018. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

This year the letter was somewhat focused on the terrible budget process which blocked input from all Democratic lawmakers and maybe some Republican ones as well. The letter also talked about inappropriate uses of taxpayer money in the budget. See the letter below.

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$1.55 Million in Taxpayer Money Going to CPCs in NC Budget

Information and Actions to take!

The NCGA is giving taxpayer money away to Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC). They gave $1.3 million away in the budget they passed in 2017, and have increased the amount in the budget they passed in 2018 to $1.55 million! The money is going to three CPC umbrella organizations! These clinics are not health clinics, and they are often tied up in religion. Actions to take are at the end.

The 2017 NC state budget gave away $1.3 million to a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) parent organization, Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, an anti-abortion group that operates 8 clinics in North Carolina. The NC legislature gave away this money with no strings attached and no milestones or controls on services provided. The legislative majority had planned to give $1.3 million away to CPCs two years in a row.

Destigmatize Abortion, NoGagRule Rally on 4/10/18 Photo Credit: Karen Ziegler

In 2018, the Republicans who wrote the state budget behind closed doors raised that amount –  they are now giving away $1.55 million, and they’ve made some changes to the taxpayer money recipients. This money isn’t going to health care for low income women, it isn’t expanding Medicaid to help low income women and men. Taxpayer money is being delivered to three CPC parent organizations, as follows.

  • $1 million to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship (same one that benefited last budget)
  • $300,000 to “The Human Coalition” which describes itself explicitly as opposing the “abortion industry.”
  • $250,000 is going to a third anti-abortion pregnancy clinic, Mountain Area Pregnancy Services in Asheville.

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You Can’t Believe this Terrible NC State Budget

Even just the titles of the listed articles give you an idea how terrible this state budget is. This is the state budget for which the NCGA leadership subverted the process so there can be no amendments or discussion on it. NC NOW Vice President of Legislation Robin Davis described how this was done and why  in the NC NOW Legislative Update for the Short Session #2. When she wrote it, most people, including Democratic lawmakers, had not even seen the budget yet! Now more people have seen it and many are angry and upset! These articles explain a few of the major issues being discovered in this budget that was written behind closed doors, and delve in if you dare!

There have been some amazingly scathing articles on the legislative leadership (Senator Phil Berger & Rep. Tim Moore) circumventing the normal budget process. Berger and Moore and their buddies are shutting out the voices of citizens and other lawmakers. Here are 2 of my favorites.

Rally on “Real Money For Fake Women’s Clinics”. Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

Cut from the NC budget: Democracy,” News and Observer, 5/26/18, at http://www.newsobserver.com/article211879774.html.

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