North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #12 – 19 April 2021

Black Maternal Health Week was observed in North Carolina with the introduction of Senate Bill 632,/House Bill 507, the North Carolina Momnibus Act, that targets the Black maternal health crisis in the state and addresses the gaps in reproductive health care during the pandemic.  The maternal death rate is especially high in North Carolina.  We rank 30th out of the 50 states.  Nationally Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white or Hispanic women.  The United States has the highest maternal death rate of all the Western democracies, and, most alarmingly, the rate has been rising. This summary talks about the state bill to address the Black maternal health crisis, and that followup legislation and appropriations will be required following data and research. Other major changes in health care will also be required, such as expanding Medicaid.

Summer 2020 Articles: Military #MeToo, Breonna Taylor, Campus Rape Now Easier, More

Here are some recent articles that may interest you on the topics of  a military #metoo movement, murder of Breonna Taylor, how Campus Rape is now easier to get away with due to bad changes to rules of Title IX, how Covid-19 is Seriously Impacting Women’s Reproductive Health, and more.

NC NOW Statement on George Floyd Murder and Changes Needed

The injustice of systemic racism and discrimination must come to an end. We pledge to work individually and as a group to do whatever is necessary to support our brothers and sisters who have suffered for too long under the present system. Racial justice is a feminist issue as well as a national issue. We call for the following.