What happened to “separation of church and state”? I was shocked to learn that my NC tax dollars are being used to support anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers (“CPCs”) in the House version of the state budget for $9 million. The mission of these CPCs is to eradicate abortion as an option for pregnant women.
Stop state funding of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. CPCs don’t act in the interest of the majority of N.C. women. They are private, often religious based, organizations whose goal is to undermine a woman’s reproductive rights. They are not staffed by medical professionals. They use scare tactics to dissuade women from exercising their right to choose to end a pregnancy.
A coalition of organizations held a community conversations event “Public Education, Medicaid Expansion and the State Budget” in Fayetteville on Thursday, 7/25/19. Attendees heard from many very well qualified speakers on two panels – the first panel included community leaders, doctors, patients on need for Medicaid Expansion and returning public education to place of importance in state, and the second panel included some history of Medicaid expansion in NC and current shenanigans and chances with past and present lawmakers. Read more about panelists and areas covered.
Even just the titles of these articles give you an idea how terrible this state budget is. This is the state budget for which the NCGA leadership subverted the process so there can be no amendments or discussion on it. The first two scathing articles are about the Republican leadership circumventing the budget process. The next articles are about some of the things they have done in the budget they won’t allow to be changed – they are giving $1.55 million away to anti-abortion pregnancy clinics (aka Crisis Pregnancy Clinics). They cut suicide hotline money. They refuse to fund the tracking of the 15,160 untested rape kits. They are giving veteran teachers absolutely nothing. Again. And more.
So many things we can do. So many ways we can fight this. Hook up with allies – there are many of us! Here are some suggestions. See song parodies here too.
DC friends are hearing from Senate staff that there are not enough calls going to the Senate to stop the tax bill which will inevitably result in cuts to health care programs and more pain for the middle class and the poor. Call or write NOW! THIS IS A FIVE ALARM FIRE!
Busy week in Raleigh starting on Tuesday, Nov 7. Important events on Nov 7, 8, 9 and 10! Protests, trainings, documentaries, discussions. All this week!
We have 3 actions to take on national issues. Oppose the House Budget which slashes trillions of dollars from healthcare, food and income assistance, education and more. Oppose HR 38 – giving domestic violence offenders the right to stalk and kill their intimate partners across state lines! Oppose HR 36 – another abortion ban.
Read more about Medicaid and the damage that Trumpcare will do in the following articles, among other places. Also no state would fare worse than North Carolina, where 1.3 million in NC could lose health insurance under Senate health plan.
Not only did the Senate run past 3am on 5/12/17, but the Senate retaliated by targetting school children for being delayed from passing their version of the budget. Read more about the Senate’s budget, which includes a billion-dollar tax cut package, and next steps for the budget, at North Carolina NOW Legislative Update 15.14May17. You’ll also find updates on ERA, Lawsuits, and our bill tracking.