Category Archives: reproductive rights

Protect Reproductive Healthcare! Save Lives! 4/10/18

President Trump’s policies and Congress have had a disastrous affect on women and families in North Carolina, the United States and the world.  On Tuesday April 10 at 11:30 am, members and supporters of NC NOW (National Organization of Women), NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, El Pueblo, and Population Connection join Tuesdays with Tillis Indivisible ask that Senator Tillis respond with legislative support to remedy the repressive policies which cost women their lives.  

Join us as we concentrate on reproductive care and reproductive justice policies at the federal level.  Do you know there is a US policy which cuts off all US health funding for other countries as America tries to control other countries’ reproductive care?  It’s the Global Gag Rule, which President Trump instated and massively expanded in January 2017.  And Congress renews the heinous Hyde Amendment every year! The Hyde Amendment prohibits low income women, federal employees and their dependents and others from using their own insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. This means Congress targets a range of women from getting a specific medical procedure via the Hyde Amendment – and has done so every year since 1976.

“The Hyde Amendment is nothing more than playing politics with the lives of those who traditionally have lacked access to quality, affordable care, such as poor women, rural communities and young people,” said Tara Romano, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.

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April 2018 Week of Activism in DC, with #EnoughIsEnough Summit

Join the National Organization for Women (NOW) for a five-day event in Washington, DC, including a lobby day at the Capitol on April 26. This year’s NOW Civic Days at the Capitol will take place around our #EnoughIsEnough Summit, focusing on concrete solutions to dismantle the toxic system of sexual abuse and harassment. NOW will provide training and materials to activists at our National Action Center on April 24, so they will be fully prepared to meet with their members of Congress. NOW activists will lobby on legislation regarding sexual assault and harassment, abortion and reproductive rights, and other pertinent bills moving through the Congress.

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Bus to Rally in DC Against Fake Clinics (CPCs) Telling Lies – 3/20/18

“What’s more important? The right to spread lies, fear and shame under the guise of free speech? Or the right of people seeking health care and counseling during pregnancy to receive accurate, unbiased, and comprehensive information from a licensed medical facility? An upcoming Supreme Court case may decide just that.” – Lynne Walter, Naral Pro-Choice NC

The Supreme Court said in November 2017 that it would decide whether California violates free speech guarantees to require “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) to tell patients the truth about access to contraception services and abortion assistance. Even though the opening arguments start this month (March, 2018), standard media is not covering the case – but the anti-abortion groups are!

Crisis Pregnancy Center Protest
Photo Credit: Whole Woman’s Health Blog

On Tuesday, March 20, the U.S. Supreme Court (in Washington DC) will hear oral arguments in (National Institute of Family and Life Advocates) NIFLA v. Becerra, a case that fake women’s health centers brought to the court to overturn a California law (California Reproductive FACT ACT) that provides people with access to full and accurate information about their reproductive health options. Becerra is California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

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Raleigh Women’s Rally calls for Gender Equality and More!

The Women’s Rally on Raleigh was a wonderful event! So Many People! Excellent speakers and performers! Inspiring Emcees! Perfect weather! Whether you were with us in body or in spirit (or both) here are things you may not know! 

WROR, Halifax Mall, 20 Jan 18 Photo Credit: Vicky DeGroote

“Residents from all over North Carolina gathered on Halifax Mall on Saturday for the Women’s Rally on Raleigh. There were musical performers, tables, and a diverse line-up of speakers meant to energize citizens into engaging with their government on issues that affect them and their communities,” from Women’s Rally on Raleigh draws several thousand to Halifax Mall” at http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article195785414.html

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A New Horizon Is Coming – Fayetteville Women’s Rally, 1/20/18

Fayetteville Chapter of NOW is sponsoring a Women’s Rally, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 1pm at the Downtown Market House in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

We are commemorating the anniversary of last year’s historic Women’s March on Washington (2017), and more importantly, we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision Roe v Wade (January 22, 1973).  It’s that historic ruling that declared women’s right to privacy, afforded via the 14th amendment (due process), extends and affords women the right to have an abortion.

Additionally, we ask women who believe and realize that they can make a difference to stand with us, to join us.  It will be the women (and the men who support us) working to dismantle the barriers that create the following.

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Two more Women’s March Anniversary Events – Wilmington and Fayetteville

Exciting news! We have two more women’s march anniversary events in NC to the list of women’s events on Saturday, January 20, 2018!

Fayetteville, NC

Date: Saturday, January 20
Time: 1:00pm or noon (will clarify and update)
Place: Market House in downtown Fayetteville
Theme: Reproductive Rights Rally
(The 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which gave women control over their own bodies is Jan 22nd.)

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Wilmington, NC

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Upcoming Events – January 2018

Welcome the new year with hope and ACTIVISM!

1. Monday, January 1, 2018 – Celebrating 2017 as A Year Of Resistance in Wilmington

Women Organizing For Wilmington are celebrating “2017: A Year of Resistance” on Monday, Jan 1, 2018. 12 noon at 102 N. Third Street. Rain or Snow! More at https://www.facebook.com/events/944526919027672/.

2. Help with the planning of Women’s March Anniversary events around NC

Winston-Salem meets every Monday, Raleigh meets every Tuesday up to the Jan 20, 2018 marches. Contact organizers through the events. See event listing at Women’s March Anniversary Events (2018) in NC

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Women’s Rally On Raleigh 2018 is ON!

Plan to join us at Raleigh’s women’s march anniversary event in 2018. A group of individuals and organizers are planning a women’s rally on Raleigh, with the theme of “Women Leading The Resistance!” on January 20, 2018.

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Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 9am to 1pm
       Gather: 9:00 am
       Resistance music: 9:00am-10:00am
       Speakers begin: 10:00am
       Event ends: 1:00pm
Place: Halifax Mall, in Raleigh
Location: Green space next to the Legislative Office Building at 300 N Salisbury St (Where most of the Moral Monday rallies are held.)
For more information, go to https://womensmarchonraleigh.org/.
See some of the speakers at https://womensmarchonraleigh.org/rally-program/.

Our rally is timed as the one year anniversary of our giant march and rally in Raleigh and with the hundreds or thousands of other marches across the United States and around the world on January 21, 2017. Organizer Yevonne Brannon documented 13 marches in North Carolina alone! We will rally in solidarity with other women’s events that day, including those in Winston Salem, in Chicago, and in New York. 

Read more about our 2017 Women’s March On Raleigh at Women’s March On Raleigh was Huge! 1/21/17 and in earlier posts, at Women’s March on Raleigh: Women Mobilizing NC (12/25/16) and at Women’s March on Raleigh 2017 – Spread The Word! (1/1/17) and at Women’s March On Raleigh 2017 Press Release (1/11/17).

These are two of my favorite pictures from the Women’s March on Raleigh in 2017. The first shows some of my co-organizers leading the march.

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Sign up for choice! Pro-choice Signature Ad.

Pro-choice Signature Ad Appeal (2018). As the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision approaches, it is important for us to take a stand and make a public statement in support of the rights it protects. We invite you to join us in signing our annual pro-choice signature ad. The war against women’s reproductive rights has escalated to unprecedented heights. Numerous bills to restrict abortion rights or to outlaw it entirely have been introduced in Congress in 2017. See a few examples in the Pro-choice Signature Ad Appeal (2018).

Pro-Choice Signature Ad from 2016. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

You can sign up using the Pro-choice Signature Ad Appeal or you can sign up online here.

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Mobilizing Women NOW – Totally Worth It! Summary.

This year’s NC NOW conference in Fayetteville occurred at a time when women’s rights and reproductive choices are under greater attack than they have been in decades. As we all attempt to adapt to an administration that has been hijacked by special interests including climate deniers, the evangelical extremists and forces hostile to women, the theme of Mobilizing Women NOW could not be more important.

Attendees got to choose what interested them the most. Some workshops focused on dangers – like threats to reproductive rights  and a hostage budget that hurts women. Other workshops ways to fight back – lawsuits against gerrymandering, planning programs that pop, and working with other organizations and legislators to pass commonsense legislation. All of our workshops were on topics of current interest and presented by people who were well prepared. See the agenda, keynote and speaker biographies, workshop summaries and more at 2017 NC NOW Conference Program – Updated.

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