Category Archives: pro-choice

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?”

Photo Credit: Carly Jones

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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2015 Spring NC NOW Newsletter

See NC NOW’s latest newsletter. Do you know

  • HB465 includes new OUTRAGEOUS requirements for the physician who ’causes miscarriage or abortion’ after 18 weeks to SEND THE WOMAN’S ULTRASOUNDS, MEASUREMENTS, ETC TO DHHS!!!!!
  • What TPP is? What Fast Track is?
  • How safe abortions really are?
  • How unsafe college campuses really are?

Find out about these and more at https://northcarolinanow.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/ncnraleigh-now-newsletter-spring-2015-v6.pdf

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Also, read more about how rudely the NC House sped HB465 through, and how some good legislators tried to make it more reasonable (and/or school the House on why this law will be overturned if it gets that far) at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/interfering-condescending-and-invasive-bill-hb465/

Second Silent Sentinels Vigil at NCGA in the news!

Our second silent sentinels vigil at the NCGA made the news already!  This second vigil was done in conjunction with Women’s Advocacy Day! Thx, Gary Robertson of the AP, whose article was carried in the Asheville Citizen Times and on WCNC.  Thx,  Paul Woolverton of the Fayetteville Observer, for coming in to interview some of us!

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We held our second Silent Sentinels vigil after Women’s Advocacy Day (WAD), April 21, 2015, at 2pm.  “Fearless” Carla Cunningham, primary sponsor of this bill, emceed part of the WAD press conference.  She introduced Robbie Madden, from Ratify ERA NC, to talk about the need for an Equal Rights Amendment.

We held this second Silent Sentinels vigil to encourage Judiciary I to move the House ERA bill (H166) along. This time our vigil was in the Legislative Building, in front of office 1013, in front of the Vice Chair of Judiciary I’s office.  Last time it was in front of the Chair of Judiciary I’s office.

AP article in Asheville – http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2015/04/20/push-gender-equity-amendment-returns-nc/26061229/

Fayetteville NOW article – http://www.fayobserver.com/blogs/news/peoples_business/fayetteville-women-push-at-legislature-for-equal-rights-amendment/article_65c3c688-e87c-11e4-99b9-4b948b7ad9ea.html

The deep purple t-shirts say “Forward NOW” on the front.  “Not Back” on the back.  The lavender ones say “Fayetteville NOW.”  More on this at
https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/…/silent-sentinel-v…/