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New Topics, Exciting Keynote, Diverse Attendees at 2019 State Conference on 11/9/19

The 2019 State Conference in Charlotte on 11/9/19 included new topics, an exciting keynote, diverse attendees and many first timers. We had members and attendees from 18 to 80 and Rep. Deb Butler’s speech was a highlight for all! Our conference theme was “The Time For Justice Is NOW.” NOW covers all issues affecting women, but we delved into a few new areas for NC NOW – how climate change hurts women and gender equity.  NC NOW officers were elected, an annual task. We also hosted a panel on threats to reproductive access, an update on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), six workshops and more. We were honored to include a tribute to long time feminist activist and NC NOW board member Jan Allen.

Conference view from the back. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Reproductive Rights Forum with Triad NOW – 11/5/19

 In the last 6 months there have been attacks on the basic rights of women to determine when they choose to become pregnant, or when they believe it is in their best interest to terminate a pregnancy. Legislation that severely limits those rights has been proposed throughout the United States. Many of these proposals are in direct conflict with Roe v Wade, the established law that protects a woman’s right to abortion.

TriadNOW, NARAL Pro-Choice NC and ACLU of NC are sponsoring an educational forum on Tuesday, Nov 5, at 6pm in Winston-Salem. 

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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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LTEs and Op-Eds on Taxpayer Money Paying for Anti-Abortion Work

There is another whole area of wrongness not getting much coverage – our taxpayer money going to fully anti-abortion and inappropriately religious clinics. The proposed state budget gives taxpayer money away to two main anti-abortion organizations, but also directly to many CPCs that are part of the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship (CPCF) anti-abortion organization.

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Photo Credit: Melba Evans, Stop The Bans rally in Charlotte on 5/21/19

Lois Roewade from Pfafftown didn’t mince any words in her LTE, titled “Taxpayer-funded propaganda,” which ran in the 8/3/19 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal. Find it at The Readers’ Forum: Saturday letters.

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Muck: Anti-Abortion Lies (CPCs get big money in State Budget)

Letter To Editor (LTE) calling out NC lawmakers for inappropriate use of taxpayer money in the state budget, by Audrey Muck, ran in the 7/13/19 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal. Find it at The Readers’ Forum: Saturday letters.

Anti-Abortion Lies

A recent letter (“Getting through,” July 2) asked what it will take for our state legislative leadership to understand that sex education and affordable birth control are the answers to abortion. The situation is actually worse. They’ve doubled down on their extremism and taxpayers will pay at least $2.64 million in their budget for religious anti-abortion activities of so-called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in North Carolina.

Contrary to what the logo says – this is a CPC organization in Asheville/Buncombe which has been receiving taxpayer money from NC budget for years.Since 2018, it is also receiving federal grant money!

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Over $2.6 Million of 2019 State Budget to CPCs

The state budget that passed the NC General Assembly in 2019 funnels at least $2.64 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to pursue their anti-abortion agenda. More money is being sent to some of these organizations even though even though the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has serious problems with them.

Crisis Pregnancy Center Protest
Photo Credit: Whole Woman’s Health Blog, 2017

 The breakdown of millions of dollars to anti-abortion organizations is as follows:

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Law Professor Asserts Taxpayer Money Going to CPCs Violates First Amendment (2019)

Various sources are raising alarms about state taxpayer money supporting religious anti-abortion centers known as crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). There are so many problems with the state budget (like refusal to expand Medicaid), that more money for CPCs is not getting sufficient attention. Unfortunately, the NC legislature has been funneling money to CPCs for years.  In 2019, they have quadrupled the amount every fiscal year going to “Human Coalition,” a Texas based anti-abortion organization that runs a crisis pregnancy center in Raleigh. Public funding of CPCs has been covered this year by the News and Observer, Charlotte Observer, Rewire.com, NC NOW’s Legislative Updates, and NC Policy Watch. The problem of CPCs receiving state funding recently got the attention of UNC Law Professor Gene Nichol, who weighed in on the problem in “Funding NC crisis pregnancy centers is government sponsored religion,” 7/1/19, which ran in the Charlotte Observer and News and Observer.

Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley Distinguished professor of law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He teaches courses in constitutional law and federal courts. Photography by Steve Exum of Exumphoto on September 5, 2012.

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Evans: Great News From Charlotte for Patients and Businesses

Thank you Charlotte City Council for voting for quiet zones around churches, schools and medical facilities! It is long overdue!

Photo Credit: Melba Evans

[Anti-abortion] groups from outside of Charlotte, mainly Kannapolis and Concord area, bring hundreds to protest outside of A Women’s Clinic on Latrobe Drive.

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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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NC NOW Legislative Update #19 – The Veto Is Sustained! – 10 Jun 2019

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #19—June 10, 2019

See NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #19 (10 Jun 19), with summary and bill listings. Summary follows.

VICTORY!  After many, many delays, the House voted to uphold Governor Cooper’s veto of SB359, Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Republicans needed 72 votes to override the veto and fell five votes short.  It was mainly a party-line vote with only two Democrats, Rep. Charles Graham (D-Robeson) and Rep. Garland Pierce (D-Scotland), voting with the Republicans.

Photo Credit: Marci Curtis

The House gallery was packed.  This photo shows NC NOW President Gailya Paliga and Karen Ziegler with supporters of the Governor’s veto filling the second row and lining the wall.

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