Category Archives: Access to facilities

SCOTUS Follows Precedent in Louisiana June Medical Services v. Russo Case

Incredible and surprising great news from the US Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) on the June Medical Services v. Russo case from Louisiana.

SCOTUS did its job in the Louisiana June Medical Services v. Russo case, following precedent as it is supposed to do. The decision was made by one vote (5 to 4) when it should have been unanimous. And that vote by Chief Justice John Roberts could have gone either way.

On 6/29/20, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the right to abortion by striking down a law requiring doctors performing abortions at standalone clinics have “admitting privileges” at local hospitals. The “local hospitals” would have to be within 30 miles of the abortion clinic, non-existent for many rural clinics. The law had serious penalties for doctors performing an abortion without the admitting privilege were possible jail time, fines, and serious penalties for the clinics as well. Louisiana enacted that law in 2014. The Supreme Court took up the case even though it knew SCOTUS had already ruled the law unconstitutional. In 2016, SCOTUS had overturned a nearly identical law in Texas, which had shuttered half of the state’s abortion clinics in a few short years. The Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision was made in 2016, before Trump was elected and put two controversial conservative justices on the Supreme Court, moving it strongly to the right.

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Legislature Refuses Gift of Medicaid Expansion Again – 5/5/20

The pandemic is exposing people and institutions who were barely getting by and now will fail with insufficient assistance. Rural hospitals were already struggling in NC. Now, another NC hospital is filing for bankruptcy, this one in Senator Berger’s district. According to UNC’s Sheps Center, seven have closed since 2010, and another failing Rockingham County hospital got a 5 year reprieve in 2018. NC already faces an opioid epidemic, having lost 2000 people to opioid overdose in 2017 alone. In addition, NC had 11,848 coronavirus cases and 430 deaths reported by NCDHHS on Monday, 5/4/20.  Now, coronavirus is forcing hospital revenues down while increasing costs to get ready to care for critically ill covid-19 patients. Hospital failures can devastate local economies. Yet, the NC legislature continues to refuse the gift of Medicaid Expansion which would alleviate health and economic problems in every county if implemented fully.

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Raleigh Women’s March 2020 Was Another Hit!

Thousands of women and allies, including many children, went to the 4th Annual Women’s March in Raleigh on Sunday, 1/26/20. People had signs in their hands, on their shirts, on other clothes.  Some wore pink pussy hats, even on the mild sunny day (54 in January!) The event began with a march starting at the Legislative Building (the people’s  house) and all the way around Halifax Mall, led by some of the organizers chanting. People surged in to Halifax Mall, still chanting.

Front of 4th Raleigh Women’s March, Photo Credit Greg Stewart Photography

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New Topics, Exciting Keynote, Diverse Attendees at 2019 State Conference on 11/9/19

The 2019 State Conference in Charlotte on 11/9/19 included new topics, an exciting keynote, diverse attendees and many first timers. We had members and attendees from 18 to 80 and Rep. Deb Butler’s speech was a highlight for all! Our conference theme was “The Time For Justice Is NOW.” NOW covers all issues affecting women, but we delved into a few new areas for NC NOW – how climate change hurts women and gender equity.  NC NOW officers were elected, an annual task. We also hosted a panel on threats to reproductive access, an update on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), six workshops and more. We were honored to include a tribute to long time feminist activist and NC NOW board member Jan Allen.

Conference view from the back. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Reproductive Rights Forum with Triad NOW – 11/5/19

 In the last 6 months there have been attacks on the basic rights of women to determine when they choose to become pregnant, or when they believe it is in their best interest to terminate a pregnancy. Legislation that severely limits those rights has been proposed throughout the United States. Many of these proposals are in direct conflict with Roe v Wade, the established law that protects a woman’s right to abortion.

TriadNOW, NARAL Pro-Choice NC and ACLU of NC are sponsoring an educational forum on Tuesday, Nov 5, at 6pm in Winston-Salem. 

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Stop Endangering Women’s Lives Event Summary – 9/10/19

Advocates from NC National Organization of Women, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Action NC, Tuesdays with Tillis, MomsRisingNC and others rallied outside of Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office to demand an end to policies which restrict women’s access to reproductive and other health care. Threats range from various bills banning abortions, to giving away taxpayer money to religious anti-abortion clinics, to cutting off a trusted and proven provider of real medical care to the women most impacted by attacks on reproductive health access. 

Dani Hoffpauir speaking about Planned Parenthood and Title X – Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Media Advisory: Stop Endangering Women’s Lives Rally on 9/10/19

CONTACTS:
Gailya Paliga, NC National Organization for Women, president@raleighnow.org
Karen Ziegler, Tuesdays With Tillis, ziegl001@gmail.com

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** 

Women’s organizations join forces to protest Trump Administration policies that endanger women’s lives

September 9, 2019

Raleigh, NC – On Tuesday, September 10, advocates from NC National Organization of Women, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Action NC, Tuesdays with Tillis, and others will rally outside of Senator Thom Tillis’s Raleigh office to demand an end to policies which restrict women’s access to reproductive and other health care.

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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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