North Carolina NOW Legislative Wrap-up—3 July 2018 – By Robin Davis
ADJOURNMENT RESOLUTION—THEY’RE GONE, BUT THEY’LL BE BAAAACK!
The short session adjourned on June 26, 2018—but the Adjournment Resolution calls for a lame duck session beginning November 27. This session will occur before the newly elected legislators take office; therefore, Republicans will retain their gerrymandered veto-proof majorities in both houses for one more session.
One section of full press conference room after the ERA NC Advocacy Day 2018 press conference. Photo Credit: Sen. Floyd McKissick
SIX PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
NC NOW Officer and Lobbyist Robin Davis summarizes the start of the 2017 legislative session for us. She really knows how to break it down!
Robin includes Governor Roy Cooper’s Legislative Agenda, the failed attempt to repeal HB 2 during an extra legislative special session, the 2017 election to address the gerrymandered districts, the role and importance of the courts in many of these areas. Robin also talks about what to expect in the long session and our role.
Our role is as follows.
The NC House approved a SEVENTY-TWO HOUR waiting period, up from 24 hours, which was added in 2011 under the so called “Women’s Right To Know” act. This bill does other heinous things. The bill requires that doctors performing abortions on fetuses more than 18 weeks must send the woman’s ultrasound, measurements, etc to DHHS for examination!!! What other medical procedure has anywhere near this level of interference in private medical business!?! This bill continues to show the current majority of NC lawmakers imposing their will and power over women’s lives. But it should not stand – it is based on heresay, not science or studies or facts, and it is placing un-due burden on women.
Many Republican lawmakers stepped out during the debate, and had to be corralled for the vote. They didn’t have the courtesy to listen to the debate.
The WRAL article, ” NC House approves three-day abortion waiting period”
at http://www.wral.com/nc-house-approves-three-day-abortion-waiting-period/14601698/#iDjXZ2b8FV1icGIf.99 also says how hard some lawmakers (all Democrats) tried to rein this craziness in, and also about their very loud ‘NOs’ on the third and final vote (and maybe every vote).
The bill was heard in the Health Committee on 4/22/15, and was heard by the full House already on 4/23/15. In the full House, only one opponent of the bill was allowed to speak. House Committee chair Rep. Brian Brown completely ignored doctors and other experts who had prepared speeches. Instead, he repeatedly called for anti-abortion testimony.
Posted in abortion, economic justice, families, health care, ncga interference, reproductive rights, women
Tagged abortion, Families, legislative agenda, reproductive rights, Tricia Cotham, waiting period, women, women's rights
LEGISLATIVE ALERT on HB847 – puts minors at risk
House Bill 847, Amend Laws Re: Medical Treatment of Minors, is a very bad bill. The hard right has repeatedly attacked existing law that guarantees confidential medical treatment for minors for venereal disease, pregnancy, substance abuse, and mental illness. The medical community supports the current law (maintaining minor consent) because there is good reason to believe that in many cases minors would not seek medical help if they knew that their parents would be informed. It is unfortunate when minors feel they cannot confide in their parents, but all caring parents would prefer for their children to obtain the medical help they need instead of having their conditions go untreated. House Bill 847 would require parental consent for minors to be treated for these conditions. The second provision of House Bill 847 would protect parents from charges of neglect or abuse of minor children if they are following medical advice even if the advice they are following is discredited or rejected by the medical community as a whole.
It appears that, among other things, this bill would provide cover for parents who subject their minor children to medically discredited therapies to “cure” them of homosexuality and would leave no recourse for concerned family members, health care professionals, or other adults.
Posted in Bad Science, health care, ncga interference, reproductive rights, women
Tagged bad law, discrimination, legislative agenda, lgbt, ncga interference, reproductive rights, safety, women
Rally, Silent Sentinals, action at home, WAD, Signature Ad delivery
1. Trust Women Rally on Wednesday, April 8, 2pm
Join NC NOW and other women’s organizations at the Trust Women rally to tell our elected officials to TRUST WOMEN and stop playing politics with women’s reproductive health! In this case, the sore point is anti-abortion language the conservatives stuffed into what had been a bi-partisan bill to fight human trafficking.
We’re meeting in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office (same place where Jesse Helms used to work), at 310 New Bern Avenue Raleigh, NC 27601.
Find the event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1580336125538857/
It is also listed on NC NOW’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-NOW-National-Organization-for-Women/180024368705304
I plan to mention other obstruction our Senators have been doing.
2. Either way – take an easy action from home!
Whether or not you can make the rally, give our elected Senators an email on the same topic.
Take this easy action from wherever you are – home, work, stuck in traffic. It does 2 things for you – encourages voting for excellent US Atty General nominee Loretta Lynch and encourage congress to pass a clean bill against human trafficking – get the anti-abortion mess out of there.
Posted in discrimination, economic justice, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA, ncga interference, pro-choice, reproductive rights, signature ad, State interference (NC), stonewalling, women
Tagged abortion, bad law, Equal Rights Amendment, legislative agenda, ncga interference, stonewalling qualified candidate, women, women's rights
Events from later March and also April of 2015. This posting had been waiting to be published for about 3 weeks. Happens sometimes. Thanks to Tara Romano of NCWU for many of the events from many organizations.
Sunday, March 8, and Sunday, Mar 29, and Sunday April 19, all in Fayetteville: Fayetteville NOW is co-sponsoring, with Quaker House, the Fayetteville Cumberland Human Relations Council, the Cumberland County Library, a series of 3 “Community Conversations” based on the film “Cracking the Codes.” This documentary portrays many examples and stories that can begin a proactive discussion on the complex issues of race. All are 3pm to 5pm. Follow the link for places and more information.
Friday, March 20, Durham: In advance of the Equality NC conference, join the Center for American Progress, Equality NC and others (including NCWU) for an Equality Summit. More info here, including the speakers (many of whom we know). Should be an interesting and engaging event.