North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #16 – 17 May 2021

There was a lot of frantic activity at the legislature this week because Thursday was the crossover deadline.  A bill must pass either the House or the Senate before the crossover deadline to remain alive.  There are exceptions, most notably appropriations bills (any bill that contains an appropriation), but generally this rule holds true.  The two very bad abortion bills are still alive and a handful of good bills made the deadline. 

Act NOW to End the Black Maternal Health Care Crisis!

North Carolina has a Black maternal health crisis in as well as gaps in reproductive health care that was further exposed during the pandemic. The maternal death rate is especially high in North Carolina. North Carolina ranks 30th out of the 50 states. Nationally Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white or Hispanic women. The United States has the highest maternal death rate of all the Western democracies, and, most alarmingly, the rate has been rising. North Carolina NOW supports the passage of the North Carolina Momnibus Act  (SB632/HB 507) that targets the Black maternal health crisis in the state and addresses the gaps in reproductive health care during the pandemic. Here is an action for you to take to push our representatives to end the Black maternal health crisis NOW!

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #12 – 19 April 2021

Black Maternal Health Week was observed in North Carolina with the introduction of Senate Bill 632,/House Bill 507, the North Carolina Momnibus Act, that targets the Black maternal health crisis in the state and addresses the gaps in reproductive health care during the pandemic.  The maternal death rate is especially high in North Carolina.  We rank 30th out of the 50 states.  Nationally Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white or Hispanic women.  The United States has the highest maternal death rate of all the Western democracies, and, most alarmingly, the rate has been rising. This summary talks about the state bill to address the Black maternal health crisis, and that followup legislation and appropriations will be required following data and research. Other major changes in health care will also be required, such as expanding Medicaid.