Category Archives: health care

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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Easy action to help Expand Medicaid in NC (June 2019)

Easy action to help Expand Medicaid in NC. Expanding Medicaid would benefit EVERY SINGLE COUNTY, many many people, and many businesses too – the ripple effect of people doing better.

Did you miss the Medicaid Expansion Vigils across the state on 6/5/19? Or even if you went. Check out this fun activity from the Coalition for Health Action NC (of which NC NOW is part).

 

Do this and be part of something bigger :

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What’s In The Indy? 5/29/19-6/4/19

See NC NOW in the Indy!

With all of these abortion bans and other chaos, people want to know what they can do. Find organizations who take on issues that concern you, and help them. Donate, join, volunteer!

NC NOW just put an ad in the inside of the front cover of the 5/29/19 edition of the Indy! We did a donate and/or join ad with a powerful Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote.

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Medicaid Expansion Vigils around NC on 6/5/19

Many organizations including NC NOW are joining the North Carolina Justice Center Health Advocacy Project in simultaneous vigils all over the state demanding expansion of Medicaid on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  The importance of expanding Medicaid cannot be overstated.  Without health care people die.

“Join us for a candlelight vigil remembering the people who have suffered or died because they could not get the health care they needed. Vigils will take place throughout the state on the same day at the same time, because unaffordable health care affects all of North Carolina. Join us shine a light on the need for healthcare for everyone and the need to light a fire under the legislature.”

Over 20 vigils are set up. Find the following in the RTP area alone.

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NC NOW Legislative Update #7, GOP Overreach ICE and Medicaid Bill Issue– 18 Mar 19

See whole NC NOW Legislative Update #7.18Mar19 here.

In 2018, voters in North Carolina’s biggest counties elected seven new sheriffs who campaigned on pledges to no longer work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because their practices have become increasingly brutal under the Trump administration.  The will of the voters was clear.  But this week Republicans filed a bill (HB370) that would force sheriffs to cooperate with ICE or face fines of up to $25,500 per day.  This bill is yet another example of the conservative Republican majority in the legislature attempting to force its agenda on urban counties that elect more moderate to liberal Democrats to local offices. This bill has the support of Republican leadership; Governor Cooper has not stated a position.  For more information, see https://abc11.com/politics/nc-republicans-file-bill-to-force-county-sheriffs-to-work-with-ice/5194070/

Sign from Tuesdays With Tillis protest against ICE taking children. Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

The drive to expand Medicaid hit an unexpected hitch this week.  Expanding Medicaid is a priority of Cooper’s legislative agenda, and companion bills (SB3/HB5) have been introduced in both the House and Senate.  But hopes for passage of a bill during this session (2019-2020) were crushed through a rookie error by a freshman legislator. 

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Domestic Gag Rule Subverts Title X, 3/12/19 Event Summary

The Trump administration finalized sweeping changes to Title X, the federal program that provides birth control and other reproductive health services to millions of low-income Americans on 2/22/19.  The new #DomesticGagRule was published in the Federal Register on 3/4/19. Lawsuits were filed the same day. 

Changes are scheduled to go into effect on 5/3/19.

NC NOW, Naral Pro-Choice NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT) and #Fight4Her spoke out against the #DomesticGagRule in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh on 3/12/19. The event included music, including a new song, “No! No! No! You Don’t!” to the tune of Row Your Boat, from the Raging Grannies. “No! No! No! You Don’t! by Raging Grannies.

Group gathering before the event. Photo Credit: Michael Eisenberg

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Press Release: 3/12/19 Event: Domestic Gag Rule Brings the Trump/Pence War On Women Stateside

Domestic Gag Rule Brings the Trump/Pence War On Women Stateside

On 2/22/19, the Trump administration finalized sweeping changes to Title X, the federal program that provides birth control and other reproductive health services to millions of low-income Americans. These regulations ban federal family planning funds from going to health providers who perform or refer patients for abortion services, and force abortion providers under the program to physically separate abortion services from other family planning services. These regulations ban federally funded health-care providers from even mentioning the word “abortion.” Limiting what U.S. health providers can say to patients amounts to a domestic “gag rule.” Gag rules are designed to hurt women, and they do so with devastating efficiency. Join NOW, Naral Pro-choice NC, Planned Parenthood (PP) and #Fight4HER at 11:30am on 3/12/19 at 310 New Bern Ave in Raleigh to learn more and communicate issues to Senator Thom Tillis.

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2019 Raleigh Women’s March Speakers and Quotes

Quotes from some of the speakers and performers at the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March. Such impressive speakers and we would prefer to be able to capture each speech and performance, but here are some pearls of wisdom. Performers got their messages across in their own unique ways. 

Longtime activist Mandy Carter was one of our EmCees and also our speaker on LGBTQ issues.

Event emcees – Ashley Popio and Mandy Carter Photo Credit: Women Mobilizing NC

“I’ve been wondering how change happens. And I think the best way to describe it is the changing of hearts and minds and public policy.” – Mandy Carter

 

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Upcoming Events in Raleigh – mid January thru February 2019

Here are some upcoming events in Raleigh – mid January through end of February. Join us at one or all! There are 3 big march events scheduled in this one month period – MLK March, Raleigh Women’s March and Rally and the HKonJ March and Rally. Plus an important advocacy day on a topic which would be a win/win/win for all of North Carolina – Medicaid Expansion.

1. The MLK March is on Monday, Jan 21, in downtown Raleigh. Meet on the Edenton St. side of the NC Capitol in Raleigh, at 10:40am. March step-off is at 11am. There are events all that weekend, including a breakfast before the march. Join us and carry signs or banner or just join us! Going to lunch afterwards as the group does every year.

Raleigh NOW’s facebook event on the march – https://www.facebook.com/events/754196291623076/

MLK march, 13 Jan 2017

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