North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #20 – 14 Jun 2021

First step of progress on the state budget – but very far to go. Some history on unapproved budgets in NC. Take action on anti-abortion bill HB 453 – call Governor Cooper! Update on SB 35, seeking to raise the marriage age FROM 14!!

Pro-choice Signature Ad Packet Delivery and Letter – 4/14/21

NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 3/25/19. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.

North Carolina Abortion in 2021 and Turning This Around

North Carolina lawmakers are definitely hostile to abortion now, as shown by the many restrictions added since 2011, the limited number of abortion clinics, the limited areas which have clinics, and legislature funneling taxpayer money to anti-abortion organizations and individual CPCs. All this despite how safe abortion is. This is the status of abortion in North Carolina in March 2021, and how it could be improved.

The Truth About Six Week Abortion Bans

The first anti-abortion bill was filed in North Carolina within days of the start of the 2021 legislative session, as reported in NC NOW Legislative Update #1 in 2021 – 2/1/21.  It is a six week abortion ban, HB31, known in politics as a “fetal heartbeat ban.” There is a special deceptiveness with the six week abortion ban.

Roe 2021: What is Status of Abortion Access in NC?

It’s been 48 years since the Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal in this country. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) was a huge advocate for women, but “she was not that fond of Roe v. Wade as a decision,” because she believed the landmark ruling was too sweeping and vulnerable to attacks, according to Professor Mary Hartnett, who co-authored a biography of RBG. RBG, who passed away on September 18, 2020, was the focus of our pro-choice signature ad this year. RBG was right! Legal abortion has been under attack since it was legalized in 1973, and those attacks have ramped up in North Carolina since 2011. 

Watch “Roe 2021: Will There Be Choice in NC?” Here!

Wondering about the future of abortion access in NC? Anti-abortion lawmakers dominate the legislative leadership and the Supreme Court of the United States.  What happens in NC if Roe falls? What other options do we have? How can we help get access to other options? NOW chapters had a panel of experts via Zoom on January 27th, and you can watch it any time at the link in this post.  

Pro-Choice Signature Ad 2021 Includes New RBG Portrait

NC NOW commemorated the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2021 with a pro-choice signature ad that features an original portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had graced the Supreme Court for 27 years. The Notorious RBG, as she was affectionately known, passed away last fall, on September 18, 2020. Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court of the United States (#SCOTUS) decision which made abortion legal in the United States.

Fayetteville NOW Roe v. Wade 2021 Event, 1/21/21 at 7pm

On the Eve of the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, please join us for a look.  On Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.  we’ll reflect on how Roe v. Wade came to be, the twist and turns over the years, up to the latest actions by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Roe 2021: Will There Be Choice in NC?

Chapel Hill NOW, Durham NOW, and Raleigh NOW (North Carolina) are collaborating on a Zoom event to commemorate the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 27th. Our speakers are looking at the future of reproductive access if the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) should be able to overrule or otherwise undo the Roe v. Wade decision which gave women control over their own bodies. Speakers will talk about what NC law would revert to without Roe, and also how telemedicine is changing abortion health care.