Category Archives: pro-choice

Democratic Party is Disrespecting Women, Women are Disengaging

The Democratic Party has announced plans to back anti-choice candidates. This plan disrespects women’s health, welfare, safety and economic security!!  Supporting anti-choice candidates throws women’s needs under the bus. Women are really angry, and disengaging, and even leaving! One CNN article called it “Democrats’ disastrous mistake on abortion,” 8/5/17. 

Some of my older friends (who are not already unaffiliated) want to take it up with the Democratic party, but my younger friends (not even that young) just want to leave them in the dust.

Please tell them and show them your outrage, rather than disengaging. To other friends and members who are unaffiliated, think about what it means if neither major party supports reproductive rights.

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Women’s Equality NOW! Durham. 8/26/17.

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2015 Women’s Equality Day March in Durham Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

Join us for the Women’s Equality Day March and Rally on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm! We will celebrate the victories for equality that women have won and rededicate ourselves to eliminating all discrimination against women. This year’s theme is “Women Rise Up NOW!” 

Participants will gather at 9:30 am at the Durham County Register of Deeds Office at 200 E Main St (also known as the Old Durham County Court House, and Durham County Court House is etched on the building). From there, we will march together to the American Tobacco Campus on Blackwell St. to enjoy a terrific rally, excellent speakers, performance artists, skits, live music bands, tabling, children’s activities and good food from local restaurants on campus. The facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1895048384066677/.

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First Community Voices Event With WMOR Organizers, March 29, 2017

It’s been almost two months since the Women’s March drew a half million protesters to Washington, an estimated 30,000 people to a sister rally in downtown Raleigh, and people to 12 more marches around NC that same day. The question on everyone’s mind – including the News & Observer is – “What next?”

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At the James B Hunt Library at NC State University, four of the organizers of the Women’s March on Raleigh were asked to sit on a panel to answer questions from the N & O, as well as ABC11 and an audience of about 100+ people. Panelists were

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Coverage during and after the Women’s March On Raleigh

Trying to keep track of press coverage of the WMOR during and after the march. Attendance estimates are now up to 40,000 based on people studying and estimating based on pictures of the actual march.

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At Moore Square, see NOW sign on right. Photo Credit: Maggie McGee.

Thanks to Sarah Moncelle for putting this together at https://womensmarchonraleigh.org/press/.

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Free early screening of TRAPPED in Raleigh on 5/6/16

We are screening ‘Trapped’ on Friday, May 6, at 7pm at WorkPlace Options (WPO), 2912 Highwoods Blvd, in Raleigh. Filmmaker Dawn Porter examines how abortion laws affect doctors, patients and clinics in different states.

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Trapped is about TRAP laws – the Targetted Regulation of Abortion Providers. TRAP laws provide other ways to financially handicap and often close women’s clinics.

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Inspiration for Roe, 2016 Roe Event

Time to be inspired!  Join us at our 2016 Roe event, Inspiration for Roe.

Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh NOW are screening the film Vessel, and discussing Dr. Rebecca Gomperts’ efforts to bring attention to women’s reproductive rights in countries where these rights are illegal and where informational websites are censored.

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Date: January 28, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Place: Chapel Hill Friends Meeting House,
Questions: email president@raleighnow.org or call 321-663-8598
RSVP: email president@raleighnow.org, call 321-663-8598

Get tickets via eventbrite, print a Vessel Roe Event Flier to share and see updates (or advertise in the program) at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/events/.
Find the event on facebook at
 Inspiration for Roe on Facebook.

Brought to you by the
Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham chapters of NOW, the
National Organization for Women.

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Thank a feminist if..

rEASONS TO tHANK A fEMINIST!

  now.logoIf you are female and …

  • you can vote, thank a feminist.
  • you get paid as much as men doing the same job, thank a feminist.
  • you went to college instead of being expected to quit after high school so your brothers could go because “You’ll just get married anyway,” thank a feminist.
  • you can apply for any job, not just “women’s work,” thank a feminist.
  • you can get or give birth control information without going to jail, thank a feminist.
  • your doctor, lawyer, pastor, judge or legislator is a woman, thank a feminist.
  • you play an organized sport, thank a feminist.
  • you can wear slacks without being excommunicated from your church or run out of town, thank a feminist.
  • your boss isn’t allowed to pressure you to sleep with him, thank a feminist.

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NC NOW’s 18th and 19th legislative updates are available for members

NC NOW’s eighteenth and nineteenth legislative updates are available for members. These are the June 13 and June 6 Legislative Updates. All updates include a list of bills that NC NOW is tracking. Here is a summary of the summary 😉

In the June 13 legislative update we talk about the House override of Governor McCrory’s veto of SB2 – you should read how it was done. You can also read about the Senate’s harmful tax changes to House Bill 117, supposed to be an economic development bill. However, the Senate gutted it in June so they could give modest gains away as tax cuts to wealthy and corporations. Robbing from the poor and middle class to give to the rich. Again.

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Take Action on HB465 – Call Your House Representative

The Senate has rewritten this anti-abortion bill and changed its title to “Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015” to make it sound innocent.  It is not – this bill has all the problems from edition 2 plus more snuck in on top.  The previous title was  “72 Hours Informed Consent by Person or Phone,” and HB465 went to the Senate as a bill that placed new restrictions on abortion.  In particular, it did and still does

  • triple the forced waiting period from 24 to 72 hours
  • track doctors for performing abortions
  • force doctors to send women’s personal medical records to the state to track (to Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS).  

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HB465 protests around the state, join us!

House Bill 465 triples the wait time before a woman is allowed to have an abortion to at least 72 hours (3 full days, and it may be longer than that depending on the clinic and the woman’s schedules).  Plus, HB465 forces doctors to send ultrasounds and more to DHHS!  NC NOW posted an article about problems with an earlier version of the bill (including that it would have broken the OB-GYN program at UNC-CH).  We also posted an article about the House hearing for HB465, in which some of the ‘conservative’ men (from a certain party) couldn’t be bothered to listen to the debate on the bill.  Find that article, and some of our good Representatives’ points on the bill at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/interfering-condescending-and-invasive-bill-hb465/.  There are still many problems with it, listed here.  Some organizations are working together to plan protests across the state to bring attention to the bill and pressure Governor McCrory to veto it.  You can help by participating in any protests, and getting the word out to friends and neighbors about how bad this bill is, writing letters to your local newspapers, etc.  The schedule of protests is first, and some more detailed problems with the bill are listed second.

The current protest schedule is as follows:

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