NC NOW 2021 State Conference Panels

The 2021 NC NOW State Conference includes two panels, one on Friday evening and one on Saturday morning.   More detailed information on panelists is in the conference program.

Press Release: Women’s INEquality Day at NCGA on 8/26/21

North Carolina lawmakers and state officials will rally alongside statewide women’s rights groups at the North Carolina General Assembly at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 26, to demand that members of the General Assembly finally vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Act NOW to Stop NC Anti-Abortion Bill HB453 – Onus on Doctors to Question Women, Document Reasons!

North Carolina has a Black maternal health crisis in as well as gaps in reproductive health care that was further exposed during the pandemic. The maternal death rate is especially high in North Carolina. North Carolina ranks 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. North Carolina NOW supports the passage of the North Carolina Momnibus Act  (SB632/HB 507) that targets the Black maternal health crisis in the state and addresses the gaps in reproductive health care during the pandemic. Here is an action for you to take to push our representatives to end the Black maternal health crisis NOW!

Act NOW to End the Black Maternal Health Care Crisis!

North Carolina has a Black maternal health crisis in as well as gaps in reproductive health care that was further exposed during the pandemic. The maternal death rate is especially high in North Carolina. North Carolina ranks 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. North Carolina NOW supports the passage of the North Carolina Momnibus Act  (SB632/HB 507) that targets the Black maternal health crisis in the state and addresses the gaps in reproductive health care during the pandemic. Here is an action for you to take to push our representatives to end the Black maternal health crisis NOW!

Pro-choice Signature Ad Packet Delivery and Letter – 4/14/21

NC NOW members delivered the pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Monday, 3/25/19. The packets included a copy of the pro-choice signature ad that we ran in Indy Week in January (as we do every year), and a letter from NC NOW.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #10 – 5 April 2021

This week saw the introduction of what is probably an historic number of bills to protect LGBTQ rights. All are much needed and way overdue. Bills further restricting women’s reproductive rights were also introduced. Read here about HB 2, the LBGTQ or gay panic defense, conversion therapy and the state of NC’s anti-discrimination law now.

North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #5 – Anti-Abortion Amendment to Constitution – 1 March 2021

Governor Cooper has vetoed a bill where the NCGA is trying to force teachers and students back to school without providing protection. An anti-abortion bill amendment TO THE CONSTITUTION has been introduced! One good bill was introduced – the North Carolina CROWN Act (HB 170= SB 165).

Roe 2021: What is Status of Abortion Access in NC?

It’s been 48 years since the Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal in this country. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) was a huge advocate for women, but “she was not that fond of Roe v. Wade as a decision,” because she believed the landmark ruling was too sweeping and vulnerable to attacks, according to Professor Mary Hartnett, who co-authored a biography of RBG. RBG, who passed away on September 18, 2020, was the focus of our pro-choice signature ad this year. RBG was right! Legal abortion has been under attack since it was legalized in 1973, and those attacks have ramped up in North Carolina since 2011. 

Pro-Choice Signature Ad 2021 Includes New RBG Portrait

NC NOW commemorated the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2021 with a pro-choice signature ad that features an original portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had graced the Supreme Court for 27 years. The Notorious RBG, as she was affectionately known, passed away last fall, on September 18, 2020. Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court of the United States (#SCOTUS) decision which made abortion legal in the United States.