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.
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.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) always took an uncompromising stand for women’s reproductive rights. Today more than ever, what Ginsburg called a woman’s right not to be “treated as less than a fully adult human” is in jeopardy. As you are reading this, soon to be former President Trump’s dream Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is hard at work trying to take away our right to choose. See “Supreme Court OKs White House Request To Limit Abortion Pill Access During Pandemic,” 1/13/21, NPR. One thing to do is sign on to the annual NC NOW ad supporting Roe v Wade, in the Indy weekly. Another is to pressure the Biden Administration to fix this as soon as possible.
The Supreme Court strikes again and this interference is some of the result. Money from 527s was funneled through Raleigh to hurt strong progressive candidates around North Carolina. Too few people know about this.
We are focusing again on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG. If we had had a normal Halloween in 2020, wonder how many girls and women would have dressed like her. Maybe should have an online contest! Enough women (and men?) have been sporting t-shirts and pins of her. I have an “I Dissent” pin myself, and already had RBG clothing. Focusing back on RBG, now that the Supreme Court confirmation fiasco is over, and as we are looking forward to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January, and our annual pro-choice signature ad.
Looking at the obstruction and scheming in the US Senate with regard to legislation and judicial candidates, including Amy Coney Barrett.
How should we remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg? As the notorious RBG? As a cancer warrior? As only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court? As a fashion icon, known for her collection of decorative collars? As a dissenter? Can we simply remember her as Ruth? The outpouring of emotion at her death was in truth more than political.
Our beloved Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020. A vigil naturally happened at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) that night. Vigils have since popped up around the country and in NC. Here are some, including one organized by Triad NOW President Ana Tampanna.
Chapel Hill NOW members took part in a peaceful march to honor the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg at noon on Wednesday, September 23. The event was arranged by Rosemary Waldorf, a former mayor of Chapel Hill. This gave participants an opportunity to demonstrate their respect for Justice Ginsburg’s lifelong commitment to justice, their sorrow at her passing, and their dedication to the principles she defended so tirelessly.
Here are some recent articles that may interest you on the topics of a military #metoo movement, murder of Breonna Taylor, how Campus Rape is now easier to get away with due to bad changes to rules of Title IX, how Covid-19 is Seriously Impacting Women’s Reproductive Health, and more.