North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #16 – 17 May 2021

There was a lot of frantic activity at the legislature this week because Thursday was the crossover deadline.  A bill must pass either the House or the Senate before the crossover deadline to remain alive.  There are exceptions, most notably appropriations bills (any bill that contains an appropriation), but generally this rule holds true.  The two very bad abortion bills are still alive and a handful of good bills made the deadline. 

Act NOW to Stop NC Anti-Abortion Bill HB453 – Onus on Doctors to Question Women, Document Reasons!

North Carolina has a Black maternal health crisis in as well as gaps in reproductive health care that was further exposed during the pandemic. The maternal death rate is especially high in North Carolina. North Carolina ranks 30th out of the 50 states. Nationally Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white or Hispanic women. The United States has the highest maternal death rate of all the Western democracies, and, most alarmingly, the rate has been rising. North Carolina NOW supports the passage of the North Carolina Momnibus Act  (SB632/HB 507) that targets the Black maternal health crisis in the state and addresses the gaps in reproductive health care during the pandemic. Here is an action for you to take to push our representatives to end the Black maternal health crisis NOW!

Act NOW to End the Black Maternal Health Care Crisis!

North Carolina has a Black maternal health crisis in as well as gaps in reproductive health care that was further exposed during the pandemic. The maternal death rate is especially high in North Carolina. North Carolina ranks 30th out of the 50 states. Nationally Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white or Hispanic women. The United States has the highest maternal death rate of all the Western democracies, and, most alarmingly, the rate has been rising. North Carolina NOW supports the passage of the North Carolina Momnibus Act  (SB632/HB 507) that targets the Black maternal health crisis in the state and addresses the gaps in reproductive health care during the pandemic. Here is an action for you to take to push our representatives to end the Black maternal health crisis NOW!

Watch White Women Can We Talk – 55% Did What? Post Election Edition

Our “White Women, Can We Talk” event was 11/12/20 from 7:30pm EST to 9pm. Great participation and discussion. The focus of this event was looking back at the election – 55% of white women voted for Trump, 2% more than voted for him in 2016. How is that possible?! And what can we do about it? We also talked about why black and Hispanic men would vote for Trump. Next big thing in Georgia is the runoff elections for two hotly contested Senate races.

White Women, Can We Talk? The Listening Tour. On 11/12/20

Join NC NOW for “White Women, Can We Talk? The National Listening Tour” with powerhouse State leaders of the National Organization for Women (NOW). You don’t want to miss the Pandora’s Box Discussion where women of color connect with white women to become better allies.

Davis: Lawsuit Challenges Abortion Restrictions in North Carolina

A lawsuit filed by the Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina along with abortion providers and reproductive justice organizations is challenging five medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion passed over the years.  The suit was filed in Wake County Superior Court. These restrictions have pushed abortion out of reach in N.C. and have stigmatized essential health care. The suit holds that the restrictions deny basic rights guaranteed under the North Carolina Constitution  and disproportionately impact communities of color, especially Black communities, along with rural communities.

NC NOW PAC 2020 Endorsements for NC – Council Of State

NC NOW PAC has made over 70 endorsements for the 2020 General Election. These are the endorsed candidates for Council of State. NC NOW is excited to be able to endorse new candidates for some council of state races who are younger women and/or people of color.