Category Archives: women

Abortion Is Healthcare Event, Raleigh, 6/11/19

“Abortion Is Healthcare” was the theme of the 125th week of rallies at Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh. This event included national, statewide and local updates on abortion and clinics access. Emcees and speakers included Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW, Tara Romano, Executive Director of Naral Pro-choice North Carolina and Kelsea McLain, A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh.

 

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The 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment is in 2020, Expect Events!

The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United State Constitution is coming up in 2020. The 19th Amendment (1920) to the Constitution of the United States provides men and women with equal voting rights (by which we mean gave women the right to vote). The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” However, many women were denied the right to vote in 1920 and for decades following the amendment. Look for events in 2020, commemorating the amendment (the step forward), doing some reconciliation with women of color, and seeing what else American women need.

It is shocking to realize that American Women didn’t win the right to vote until 1920. We won this right after many hard fought battles lasting over 72 years, counting from 1848 and Seneca Falls, when the fight got more focused. In truth, the women’s suffrage movement dates as far back as the Revolutionary War. Still, not all women got the right to vote in 1920.

Jane Watson dressed as Suffragette on ERA Bill Filing Day, 3/5/19. Photo Credit: ERA-NC Alliance

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#StopTheBans Event Summaries from Around NC – May 2019

Here are some pictures and media on #StopTheBans events around the state. For specifics like date, time and location on each event that was in May 2019, see Find a Stop Abortion Bans Protest Near You! 5/21/19

Coverage of rallies around the state of the noon events, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte: NC Organizations Rally Against Abortion Bans, Spectrum, 5/21/19.

Chapel Hill NOW – 21 May 19

Chapel Hill NOW president Geraldine Richards organized the #StopTheBans event in Chapel Hill. Both Ms Richards and Durham NOW co-president Jennifer Albright were both interviewed in Chapel Hill!

The reporter recognized that there were at least 8 #StopTheBan events planned around NC, from NC NOW’s media advisory.

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Historic National ERA Milestone – NC Women Attended- 4/30/19

NC Women attended historic ERA hearing and press conference in Washington DC. 

“For the first time in nearly four decades, the House Judiciary Committee will hold an official hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This exciting development exemplifies the growing momentum behind finally ratifying the ERA in the Constitution.” As National NOW wrote in “House Judiciary to Hold First ERA Hearing in 36 Years.

Lori Bunton (arm raised), Marena Groll, Virginia Adamson
Photo Credit: Bettina Hager, DC Director of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality

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#StopTheBans Sign Ideas – 2019 and always

Ideas from all over, including Women Organizing for Wilmington (WOW), who got their signs on facebook early. WOW did events supporting women’s rights on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday May 21. Join them any Monday at noon!

Photo Credit: Women Organizing for Wilmington

Not the Church and Not the State – Women must decide their fate.

No you can NOT take my rights. I am still using them.

You don’t own me. (equals symbol)

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Media Advisory: Chapel Hill #StopTheBans Event on 5/21/19 at Noon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:
Geraldine Richards, President of Chapel Hill NOW, nowchapelhill@gmail.com

Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women (NC NOW), http://www.northcarolinanow.org, nownorthcarolina@gmail.com

Raleigh, NC, 5/20/19 Women and allies have quickly set up events across North Carolina and the country to fight back against these unconstitutional attempts to gut Roe, control women, and punish doctors.  Conservative and sometimes frighteningly clueless lawmakers file and pass these bans in a country where rapists too often go free and domestic violence is rampant. Together we say: stop the abortion bans.And get to work addressing real problems!

The rally in Chapel Hill is one of at least eight #stopthebans events in North Carolina, organized in 7 cities. NC NOW is tracking these events at https://wp.me/p22b2e-24E.

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NC and Other State Abortion Bans – What Are We Looking At?

Good news first – New York and Vermont are protecting abortion rights. However, as of 5/17/19, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah have passed new antiabortion laws, and similar bills are pending in other states. These laws are designed to oppress and control women. The goal is to overturn Roe v Wade, using the new makeup of the US Supreme Court with Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

Sign from Women Organizing for Wilmington for the #StopTheBans rally in Wilmington on 5/21/19. Photo Credit: Deb Shoemaker

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Third Annual Feminist 5k in Raleigh is 6/8/19

Join us for the 2019 Feminist 5k! This a fun run/walk/renunciation of the patriarchy, now in its 3rd year. NC NOW is a co-sponsor, and better yet, NOW members get a discount. Contact NC NOW on facebook, or email president@raleighnow.org for code.

If you want to be involved but also prefer to move less, come table with NOW! Or Volunteer to do something else for the run.

Register for the event at https://app.racereach.com/event/feminist-5k/register

You can find all of the event details at: https://feminist5k.org/event-details.

This is a professionally run event. You will enjoy it!

Shortlink: https://wp.me/p22b2e-235

NC NOW Legislative Update #11 – Rushed Anti-Abortion Bill – 15 April 2019

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. 

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NC NOW Legislative Update #10 – 8 April 2019 – Two Pro-women Bills Introduced

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/

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