Category Archives: TRAP laws

SCOTUS Follows Precedent in Louisiana June Medical Services v. Russo Case

Incredible and surprising great news from the US Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) on the June Medical Services v. Russo case from Louisiana.

SCOTUS did its job in the Louisiana June Medical Services v. Russo case, following precedent as it is supposed to do. The decision was made by one vote (5 to 4) when it should have been unanimous. And that vote by Chief Justice John Roberts could have gone either way.

On 6/29/20, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the right to abortion by striking down a law requiring doctors performing abortions at standalone clinics have “admitting privileges” at local hospitals. The “local hospitals” would have to be within 30 miles of the abortion clinic, non-existent for many rural clinics. The law had serious penalties for doctors performing an abortion without the admitting privilege were possible jail time, fines, and serious penalties for the clinics as well. Louisiana enacted that law in 2014. The Supreme Court took up the case even though it knew SCOTUS had already ruled the law unconstitutional. In 2016, SCOTUS had overturned a nearly identical law in Texas, which had shuttered half of the state’s abortion clinics in a few short years. The Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision was made in 2016, before Trump was elected and put two controversial conservative justices on the Supreme Court, moving it strongly to the right.

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Stop Endangering Women’s Lives Event Summary – 9/10/19

Advocates from NC National Organization of Women, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Action NC, Tuesdays with Tillis, MomsRisingNC and others rallied outside of Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office to demand an end to policies which restrict women’s access to reproductive and other health care. Threats range from various bills banning abortions, to giving away taxpayer money to religious anti-abortion clinics, to cutting off a trusted and proven provider of real medical care to the women most impacted by attacks on reproductive health access. 

Dani Hoffpauir speaking about Planned Parenthood and Title X – Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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About “Birthright: A War Story”

Birthright: A War Story is an examination of an aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. Filmmaker Civia Tamarkin explores the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals.

See New York Times review of the film at “Review: In ‘Birthright: A War Story,’ a 40-Year Offensive Against Reproductive Choices,” 7/13/17. 

Raleigh and Durham NOW are planning to show “Birthright: A War Story” in late summer or early fall, 2018.

Pro-Choice Signature Ad Packets are ready!

Join us to deliver the Pro-Choice Signature Ad Packets to our legislators at their offices in Raleigh on Monday, 5/23/16.  We run our pro-choice signature ad in Indy Week every year to commemorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary.  Later during the year, we deliver packets including signature ads to our legislators to remind them of the many pro-choice residents of our state.

Members from around NC are delivering NC NOW’s pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our legislators on May 23, 2016. Please join us!  This year our packet includes a letter from NC NOW summarizing anti-choice legislation and the harm that HB 2 does, an article about anti-choice legislation signed into law in 2015, as well as an article about how disastrous HB 2 is for women.

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Roberta Waddle speaking out against HB465 on May 8, 2015, in Fayetteville NC. Part of “Don’t Break Your Promise” tour. Photo Credit: Hannah Osborne

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Rocking She Wins We Win Events – See Pix

We had a rocking press conference and pep rally at the Legislative Building in Raleigh on Thursday, Mar 3, 2016.  Ellie Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, and Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, joined NC women’s rights leaders, and student leaders to share why Hillary Clinton has helped our main issues or inspired us individually.

We included leaders and advocates for access to reproductive health care, civil rights, LGBTQ issues, equal access to education, and more.  We agreed that Hillary’s campaign is the first presidential campaign in history to prioritize feminist issues, and to champion the fact that we cannot close the income gap and build a more robust economy without dealing with injustice based on sex, race, gender identity, ethnicity, and homophobia.
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UNC-CH students speaking
Photo Credit: Sen. McKissick’s Office

The 3 part event included a press conference, a rally, and then a more intimate discussion with Ellie Smeal and Terry O’Neill.  

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Major SCOTUS cases being heard – especially rotten Texas abortion law case

WOMEN’S LIVES MATTER!

More than 100 women lawyers and other women in the legal profession told the US Supreme Court why their abortions mattered on January 6, 2016.  This was done in preparation for a major abortion case that will be heard by the US Supreme Court in March involving a Texas law that imposes TRAP law requirements on abortion clinics.  This case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, is seen as a serious threat to the landmark Roe v. Wade.  

According to “More Than 100 Lawyers Tell The Supreme Court Why Their Abortions Mattered,” 1/1/16, in the Huffington Post,

“Women from virtually every corner of the legal profession told the Supreme Court on Monday why their decisions to seek abortions earlier in life meant the world to who they are today.”

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