A lawsuit filed by the Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina along with abortion providers and reproductive justice organizations is challenging five medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion passed over the years. The suit was filed in Wake County Superior Court. These restrictions have pushed abortion out of reach in N.C. and have stigmatized essential health care. The suit holds that the restrictions deny basic rights guaranteed under the North Carolina Constitution and disproportionately impact communities of color, especially Black communities, along with rural communities.
The Supreme Court of the United States, SCOTUS, is taking up some crucial cases, and the fear is they will reverse precedent and legislate from the bench. If they do this, it would be up to Congress to fix, if and when they are able. Fear of an out of control SCOTUS is why women and allies across the nation protested so mightily during the hearing of Brett Kavanaugh in summer and fall of 2018. See Stop Kavanaugh Events Around NC – starting 9/4/18 and other articles on protests before and during Kavanaugh trial. NOW, SCOTUS seems to be going after not just women’s right to reproductive access but also fair treatment of LGBTQUI people and also city government’s ability to make their own policies.
Press Advisory for 2019 Raleigh Women’s March on 1/26/19 and for planned press conference for women’s march on 1/23/19. Includes speakers, performers, steering committee and hashtags.
Week 4 of the NC Legislative Long Session has been interesting. Republicans decided not to appeal a court ruling that they violated the North Carolina constitution when they redrew four Wake County legislative districts in 2017. A bill with bipartisan support( HB140, FAIR Act) that would amend the state constitution to prevent gerrymandering was introduced. And two of the constiutional amendments were overturned when Judge “Bryan Collins ruled that the legislature that passed the amendments was so
gerrymandered that it did not represent the people of North Carolina. “
Quotes from some of the speakers and performers at the 2019 Raleigh Women’s March. Such impressive speakers and would prefer to be able to capture each speech, but here are some pearls of wisdom.
Stella Kirkendale writes about her experience at the 2018 NC NOW State Conference, starting with Audrey Muck’s new video on the fight for women’s rights and ERA, our keynote speaker, and other parts of the conference.
To show what one woman can do, and in line with our conference theme, we are screening “Seeing Allred” for our event on Friday, 10/19/18, at 7pm, in Raleigh. Attorney Gloria Allred is an inspiration! The film intertwines the stories of her life and her persistence in going after actor Bill Cosby with what ended up being 50 women willing to speak out about what he did to them. Join us!
Events around the state starting 9/4/18, timed with the start of confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is an extremist and would be devastating to all kinds of people and the environment. Link to action as well.
NC NOW Newsletter for February and March 2018 includes stories of how people in Fayetteville got that untested rape kit inventory done across NC (with Fayetteville NOW’s help), some events around the state (Trauma to Prison Pipeline Report, Title IX at FSU, more), national events on #EnoughIsEnough and the next US Supreme Court case, NIFLA v. Becerra, on what CPCs can say in California. Currently CPCs need to tell the truth in California, and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates are suing to change that!
The Supreme Court said in November 2017 that it would decide whether it violates free speech guarantees for California to require “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) to tell patients the truth about access to contraception services and abortion assistance. Opening arguments start this month (March 20, 2018) and pro-choice activists will be there to rally on the side of truth!! One day trip.