Category Archives: reproductive rights

Democratic Party is Dissing 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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Articles on Harm Trumpcare Would Do to Women’s Health

Read more about Medicaid and the damage that Trumpcare will do in the following articles, among other places. People need to realize the devastation the Senate Trumpcare Bill has on women.  In addition, North Carolina would fare the worst of any states in the country under Trumpcare.

Leaders from Feminist Majority, National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Women’s March on Washington came together today in Washington, D.C. to discuss the dangers posed by Trumpcare to women across race, class and age—and to devise a plan to stop it. These leaders are

  • National NOW President Terry O’Neill
  • Feminist Majority’s Eleanor Smeal
  • Janel George, Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health at National Women’s Law Center
  • Michelle Batchelor, Deputy Director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
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Photo Credit: Feminist Majority

The devastation of Senate health care plan on North Carolina needs to be understood.

“If the Senate health care plan becomes law, no state’s residents would fare worse than North Carolina, according to a new study on the proposed bill. That includes 1.3 million people in North Carolina, according to a new study – the fourth-most in the nation, and the highest percentage of people losing coverage in any state.”

According to “1.3 million in NC could lose health insurance under Senate health plan,” 6/28/17, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article158456069.html.

These articles are on Medicaid and the damage that Trumpcare will do.

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Cruel Senate Trumpcare Bill Targets Women

While even President Trump described the House Trumpcare bill as ‘mean,’ his colorful verdict is an uncommon understatement as it applies to the House and Senate bills’ treatment of women’s healthcare. Trumpcare is ‘cruel’ to women, and especially harsh to North Carolinians.

Trumpcare allows the elimination of women’s access to healthcare, letting insurance companies refuse to provide maternity care, slashing Medicaid payments (by $834 billion in the House bill/$772 billion in the Senate bill), and restricting Title X reimbursement. Medicaid is the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low incomes, the disabled and the elderly. The Medicaid program covers about 75 million Americans, or 1 in 5, including many with complex and costly needs for care. Seventy percent (70%) of the adults covered by Medicaid are women. Title X is a federal program which provides funding family planning services to people beyond Medicaid, like low-income women who are not Medicaid-eligible. Their recipients? Women.


The Senate Trumpcare bill will cut Medicaid by almost $1 trillion dollars (that’s trillion with a ‘t’). These policies have disproportionate and disastrous consequences for women – young, middle-aged, and elderly, alike – especially in North Carolina. More than half of all births in North Carolina are covered by Medicaid – 54% in North Carolina in 2014, while other states vary from 24% to 72%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Trumpcare allows insurance companies to refuse to cover maternity and newborn care as part of the 10 essential health benefits that insurance companies would no longer be required to cover.
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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?”

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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Jan Allen Day Declared in Chapel Hill on 9/3/15

Jan Allen has received many awards for her work to champion reproductive rights over the years. She is a lifetime member of NC NOW, but she also co-founded Lillian’s List in 1997. Lillian’s List does active recruiting, training and supporting of progressive pro-choice woman candidates. Because of her successful work, September 3, 2015 was declared “Jan Allen Day” by the Town of Chapel Hill! 

Jan received that honor for all of the work that she has done to champion reproductive freedom in North Carolina. Jan received the Susan Hill Award from Naral in 2013.

Jan will be recognized again at the “Sharing Our Stories” event on 3/31/17, in Durham NC.

When Jan’s 80th birthday was celebrated at a Lillian’s List Chapel Hill Reception, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall introduced Jan. Secretary Marshall said, “There is not a more dedicated feminist or champion of reproductive freedom in the entire state than Jan Allen!”

Jan’s work shows the powerful change people can enact on their community if they just try. Thank you, Jan!

2017 Pro-choice Signature Ad Letter Rocks! Options for you..

The 2017 Pro-choice signature letter is a very powerful look at what the NCGA should be doing to help women. Read it at 2017 Pro-choice Signature Ad Letter.

This letter will be delivered in Pro-Choice signature ad packets today, 3/20/17, to our state Senators and House Representatives at 4:30pm. Come join us if you can – Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones St, Raleigh NC. We’ll deliver from 4:45-6:45 and go to dinner afterward. Call NC NOW to RSVP at 919-539-7702.

Removed from the letter, but still true is this fact. Overall North Carolina is “extremely hostile” to abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, “22 States are Extremely Hostile To Abortion“, 1/3/17. 

-Gailya Paliga 
 President, NC National Organization for Women

NC Legislative Update #6 – 3/12/17

NC NOW legislative update #6 includes damage from the Trump administration’s new interpretation of Title IX, lawsuit updates, and bill tracking.

This Week

In light of the Trump administration’s new interpretation that Title IX does not allow transgender people to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity, the U. S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Virginia case concerning this issue.  The case was sent back to the lower court for reconsideration in light of the Trump administration’s new rule.  This non-decision will have the effect of making transgender bathroom rights a state-by-state issue.  The issues can still be challenged in federal court on constitutional grounds, but losing Title IX is a serious blow to framing a successful lawsuit.  The constitutionality of the new interpretation of Title IX could be challenged, but no suit on these grounds has been filed.  This refusal of the Supreme Court to rule in this case will impact both the North Carolina lawsuits and the effort to repeal HB2.  For more details, see:  http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article136866748.html

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What I want for Valentine’s Day is Equal Rights for Women!

On Valentine’s Day, ERA bills were introduced in NC Senate and House. 

Sen. Floyd McKissick and Rep. Carla Cunningham work together introducing ERA bills in 2017 like the ones they both introduced in 2015. See WRAL coverage of the press conference atLawmakers push ratification of 1972 Equal Rights Amendment.”

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Audrey Muck introducing press conference. Photo Credit: Judy Lotas

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More events for March, 2017

This post is in addition to the many events posted on 2/2/17 for February and March, including a showing of Equal Means Equal on 3/26/17 with Durham NOW in Durham.

Rally to end gerrymandering – 3/1/17
Democracy NC set up a lobby day to end gerrymandering on 3/1/17 (listed in the earlier post). And they have added a rally afterward – maybe because they filled all of the lobbying appointment spots (9am-1pm) and people still want to have a say!

If you’re on facebook, mark yourself at https://www.facebook.com/events/274748426279577/

We Will Be Heard – Burr/Tillis Town Hall on 3/5/17, 2-4pm.

Community members in the Triangle area will be holding a Citizens Town Hall to gather and make our voices heard. We will speak out about issues that concern North Carolinians, and send our comments to US Senators Burr and Tillis if they do not attend. They were invited.

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So many friends old and new at HKonJ, a homegrown phenomenon!

We had an unbelievable turnout at the Moral March and HKonJ Assembly on 2/11/17, in Raleigh. According to signs and songs, people are upset with NC’s leadership, and also with chaos from the whitehouse, and unfit nominees being confirmed to 45’s administration despite valid arguments against them and many protests. One example is Betsy DeVos, and Senators Burr and Tillis ignoring their constituents. Read more in “Burr and Tillis: F for Fail!”

Marchers gathered at Memorial Auditorium, at 2 E. South Street, for speeches and singing, and marched together to the end of Fayetteville St, with the State Capitol in the background.

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Hats and signs! Photo Credit: Elise Paliga

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