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.
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” 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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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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Raleigh, NC, 6/10/19 Abortion has been all over the news lately. Different types of abortion bans have become law recently in various states. In response, #stoptheban and other rallies popped up across North Carolina and the country in days.
Meanwhile, Missouri is trying hard to shut down the last clinic in Missouri. In fact, just last week, in the midst of the fight between the state and the last clinic, Missouri just added a punitive regulation requiring women seeking a legal abortion in the state to undergo a mandatory, medically unnecessary, invasive pelvic examination. Rachel Maddow broke the story, and characterizes this as state-sanctioned sexual assault.
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North Carolina NOW Legislative Update—June 3, 2019
It’s going to be a long, hot summer. The Senate has passed its budget and virtually excluded Democrats from any participation in the process. Before discussing what the Senate budget contains, it will be helpful to review the entire budget process. The process begins with three budgets: (1) the budget that Governor Cooper proposed; (2) the budget passed by the House; (3) the budget passed by the Senate. The final product will be a single budget that House, Senate, and Governor accept.
The first step in the process is to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. This is done by a conference committee containing members of both houses who will work together to draft a budget to send to the Governor for his signature. When the governor receives this budget he will either sign it or veto it. If he vetoes it, a new round of negotiations will take place between representatives of the governor and the legislature to arrive at a budget acceptable to all parties and which the governor will sign.
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With all of these abortion bans and other chaos, people want to know what they can do. Find organizations who take on issues that concern you, and help them. Donate, join, volunteer!
NC NOW just put an ad in the inside of the front cover of the 5/29/19 edition of the Indy! We did a donate and/or join ad with a powerful Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote.
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Tagged abortion, access to clinics, pro-choice, reproductive justice
The toxic games around scheduling a House vote on SB359, Born Alive—Abortion Survivors Protection Act, continued another week. The bill is presently on the House calendar for May 29 after being scheduled and rescheduled over and over again for weeks. Democratic House members are making heroic efforts to be present whenever the bill is scheduled for a vote, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. One representative has been leaving her husband’s hospital bedside to be present to vote, and Rep. Sydney Batch, a breast cancer patient who is recovering from a mastectomy, has always been present to vote: “I was hoping to take three weeks off to recover, but unfortunately I did not have that ability,” Batch told TPM about the GOP’s latest effort. “When I realized that Monday, [Republicans were] planning to hold the vote it was worth physical sacrifice and pain to come in to vote. It was extremely important for me to vote.” For more information, see: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/north-carolina-republicans-abortion-restrictions
Please write, email and/or call your NC House representative to vote to maintain Governor Cooper’s veto of the so called “Born Alive” bill (vote against the veto override). Also write Speaker of the House Tim Moore at how outraged you are at the games being played to override the veto. Here is how to find your representative and ideas on what you can say. If you write or email, your representative should write you back.
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
One source of coverage of the noon rallies around the state, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte: Spectrum News in NC Organizations Rally Against Abortion Bans, 5/21/19.
Chapel Hill NOW – 21 May 19
Chapel Hill NOW president Geraldine Richards organized the #StopTheBans event in Chapel Hill. Ms. Richards and Durham NOW co-president Jennifer Albright were both interviewed by WRAL in Chapel Hill!
The reporter recognized that there were at least 9 #StopTheBans events planned around NC, which she got from NC NOW’s media advisory.
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