NC NOW Legislative Update #11.15 April 19 includes the summary and listing of NC Senate and House bills.
A terrible abortion bill, SB359/HB602, Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, is on the fast-track to be ratified. The underlying premise of the bill, that infants showing signs of life after an attempted abortion are either actively killed or left to die, is outrageous and false. If such thing were to happen, the action would be covered by existing murder and infanticide laws.
See the full NC NOW Legislative Update #10.
Another bad abortion bill was introduced this week—there seems to be no end. This one, HB603, Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is really yet another attempt to ban all abortions after 20 weeks with few exceptions. The excuse for banning these abortions, however, does not hold up under scientific scrutiny. Feeling pain at all requires development of a network of neurons along with development of the area of the brain needed to process the sensory data. While it is really impossible to determine what a fetus is experiencing, most studies show that there is not adequate physical development in a fetus to feel pain until 28-30 weeks. For a detailed examination of the evidence pro and con, see: https://www.factcheck.org/2015/05/does-a-fetus-feel-pain-at-20-weeks/
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins was recognized by Fayetteville NOW for her leadership abilities during the organization’s Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, 3/12/19. Chief Hawkins is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville.
Chief Hawkins is one of six woman police chiefs in North Carolina. She talked about herself and her life and what led her to this job and why. She said many times she was a little girl with a big mouth, and Fayetteville NOW VP, Roberta Waddle, quipped “perfect NOW woman!”
SBA Celebration Attendees, food and drinks to right Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Women have been working to get equal rights in the United States for 170 years! Too many people don’t realize women don’t have equal rights. Why is ERA catching fire now? What will it do for women and families? How can you help? North Carolina women are pushing now and pushing hard! Learn more and join the effort!
Actresses Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquette are on board, and using their star power to bring more attention to the need for ERA. Milano said at a press conference in DC, “It’s 2019 and I still don’t have equal rights under the Constitution. Neither do any of you, the nearly 162 million women across the U.S. The absurdity is mind-boggling: because I have a vagina, my opportunities for equality and justice are limited.”
Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano in front. Ellie Smeal behind.
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Triad NOW is having its first International Women’s day Luncheon on Saturday, 3/9/19, from noon to 2:30pm. They have a “knock your socks off” presentation by Purity Ruchugo from Kenya, and an inspiring multi-media presentation about international women activists by Iris Cole.
Keynote Speaker Purity Ruchugo arrived from Kenya to the United States with just $5. She is the founder and CEO of Sister to Sister Outreach Ministries, an international ministry that feeds and educates 100 AIDS orphans in Kenya in addition to supplying housing for mothers of disabled children. Her African craft store is debt free, and she has helped many women start their own businesses in Kenya, as well as helping women with childcare issues here in the US.
Ms. Purity Ruchugo Photo Credit: Triad NOW
The Fayetteville Chapter of NOW invites you to the 20th annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration. This year, Fayetteville NOW members are honoring Fayetteville Police Chief GINA HAWKINS. The event is Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Fayetteville. Please register in advance using SBA Event Registration Form.
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins, formal picture
Chief Hawkins was hired in 2017 is the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville. When she was hired in June of 2017, Fayetteville Observer wrote, “Hawkins has developed a reputation as a no-nonsense cop during her 28 years in law enforcement. She said she sees that as holding people accountable, upholding standards and keeping things on track.”
On January 30, NC NOW, a lead organization of the NC-ERA Alliance, joined an Alliance call-to-action at the General Assembly. Advocates engaged in constituent visits to share materials supporting the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and to call on their representatives to co-sponsor ERA bills this session. ERA bills sponsored by Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. (Senate) and Representative Carla Cunningham (House) are expected to be filed on March 5.
Women delivered two things to each legislator – a letter from the ERA-NC Alliance and Legalize Equality, a 30 minute DVD which makes the case for ERA. Great timing since January 30 was the legislators’ first day back and some legislators, and many legislative assistants, were available.
Representatives from many women’s organizations attended the event, which was organized by ERA-NC Alliance. ERA-NC Alliance is a coalition of mostly women’s organizations which are focused on getting ERA into the U.S. Constitution.
ERA Advocacy Day Team, 1/30/19, at Legislative Building in Raleigh. Photo Credit: Mike Onnifrey
North Carolina has a historic chance to be the 38th — and final! — state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Join us as we bring that message to our legislators. We need them to know that North Carolina wants equal rights for all – women and men! #ALLforERA One more state. Not one more genERAtion. ERA Advocacy Day on 1/30/19.
Organized by the ERA-NC Alliance of which NC NOW is part.
With the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, there is more danger than ever before that Roe v. Wade could be overturned or its application severely restricted. If federal protection for abortion rights is denied or diminished, the battle to defend women’s reproductive rights will shift to the states. Here in North Carolina, the forces for abortion rights have been historically strong, but in this political climate our voices must grow stronger and our support for a woman’s right to choose must become more visible. The pro-choice signature ad is one way to make your support for choice visible.
Show your support for access to safe and legal abortion NOW by joining in on the Pro-Choice Signature Ad (2019) and/or making a donation! NC NOW runs a pro-choice signature ad in the Indy Weekly (previously known as The Independent Weekly) every year. The ad runs in January, timed with the January 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision (1/22/73) that gave women control over their bodies and lives. 2019 marks the 46th anniversary of Roe! The signature ad commemorates Roe v. Wade, and also raises money for NOW’s work in North Carolina.
Make your statement (I’m Pro-Choice Too!) by including your name in the ad and/or by making a donation to NC NOW.
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