There is one thing that would significantly help North Carolinians in every part of the state – Medicaid expansion. Expanding Medicaid would be a huge win – providing more health care in every county, more health care jobs in every county, pump billions of federal money into the state, provide support for rural hospitals and people, and also bring ripple effect benefits to communities around the state. As you may know, past Governor Pat McCrory signed away the governor’s ability to expand Medicaid as one of the first things he did in 2013, so the NC Legislature has control of that. There is more pressure for the NC Legislature to expand Medicaid since the federal pandemic relief bill from March 2021 contains even more great incentives to add on to all the other wins NC would get by expanding Medicaid. More at North Carolina Health News – https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2021/03/18/medicaid-expansion-incentives-pandemic-relief-bill/. The new American Rescue Plan includes “substantial incentives for states to expand Medicaid, as well as [providing] spending boosts to improve care for new moms, people with disabilities.” Expanding Medicaid would inherently help more women (and their children/families), since more women fall into this working poor space.
Wondering about the future of abortion access in NC? Anti-abortion lawmakers dominate the legislative leadership and the Supreme Court of the United States. What happens in NC if Roe falls? What other options do we have? How can we help get access to other options? NOW chapters had a panel of experts via Zoom on January 27th, and you can watch it any time at the link in this post.
Chapel Hill NOW, Durham NOW, and Raleigh NOW (North Carolina) are collaborating on a Zoom event to commemorate the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 27th. Our speakers are looking at the future of reproductive access if the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) should be able to overrule or otherwise undo the Roe v. Wade decision which gave women control over their own bodies. Speakers will talk about what NC law would revert to without Roe, and also how telemedicine is changing abortion health care.
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.
The pandemic is exposing people and institutions who were barely getting by and now will fail with insufficient assistance. Rural hospitals were already doing badly, and now are doing worse. Yet, the NC legislature continues to refuse the gift of Medicaid Expansion which would alleviate health and economic problems across in every county if implemented fully.
“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 Clinic of Raleigh. Topics went from challenges women face to solutions moving in the US House, and what we need from Senator Tillis and other representatives.
Here are some pictures and links to media on events around the state. NOW activist spoke and were interviewed at different events. For specifics on each event, see previous post, “Find a Stop Abortion Bans Protest Near You! 5/21/19”.
Women are setting up protests around North Carolina and around the country for Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Here are the ones around North Carolina, and here is how to find one near you. If there isn’t one yet, you can make your own! Like the women’s marches.
“Birthright: A War Story” is another great documentary on reproductive health care, but this one shows both sides of the war on women’s reproductive rights in America.
Please join us for a screening and panel discussion of Dawn Porter’s documentary Trapped on Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Raleigh. Trapped documents the dangerous effects TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) have on people seeking an abortion and the medically unnecessary restrictions they place on abortion providers.