Tag Archives: reproductive rights

Ours to Tell, A Shared Experience – 7/20/20

Brittany, Hannah, Nick, and Ylonda boldly own their truths with strength and courage in “Ours To Tell – Sharing Our Abortion Stories,” a new film from Planned Parenthood and We Testify. Join our virtual screening and discussion on Monday, July 20, from 6:30pm-8pm.

“Ours to Tell” is the story of four people who live full and empowered lives because they had the freedom to access abortion.

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SCOTUS Follows Precedent in Louisiana June Medical Services v. Russo Case

Incredible and surprising great news from the US Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) on the June Medical Services v. Russo case from Louisiana.

SCOTUS did its job in the Louisiana June Medical Services v. Russo case, following precedent as it is supposed to do. The decision was made by one vote (5 to 4) when it should have been unanimous. And that vote by Chief Justice John Roberts could have gone either way.

On 6/29/20, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the right to abortion by striking down a law requiring doctors performing abortions at standalone clinics have “admitting privileges” at local hospitals. The “local hospitals” would have to be within 30 miles of the abortion clinic, non-existent for many rural clinics. The law had serious penalties for doctors performing an abortion without the admitting privilege were possible jail time, fines, and serious penalties for the clinics as well. Louisiana enacted that law in 2014. The Supreme Court took up the case even though it knew SCOTUS had already ruled the law unconstitutional. In 2016, SCOTUS had overturned a nearly identical law in Texas, which had shuttered half of the state’s abortion clinics in a few short years. The Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision was made in 2016, before Trump was elected and put two controversial conservative justices on the Supreme Court, moving it strongly to the right.

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Dangerous Times: SCOTUS to Revisit Roe v. Wade starting March 4, 2020

On March 4, 2020, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) starts hearings on a case that could “eviscerate the availability of abortion care, and which also could significantly undermine abortion access—particularly for those who already have limited access—as well as patients’ ability to enforce in court the right to have an abortion.” The case is June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo (formerly June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee), and it is a challenge to a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Louisiana has enacted this law knowing that it was unconstitutional. The law is identical to a Texas law that was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016, 3 years before the Supreme Court decided to take this case on. That decision should have settled the issue. More than that, by Louisiana’s request to add another aspect to the case, this case could take away the ability for abortion providers to sue on behalf of their patients, as they’ve been doing for decades. 

Photo Credit: Melba Evans

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Pro-Choice Signature Ad Gets A New Look – 1/22/20

Did you see the new 2020 Pro-choice Signature Ad? We show support for keeping abortion safe and legal by running a pro-choice signature ad in Indy Week every year. Our 2020 ad was published on the actual Roe anniversary this year – Jan 22, 2020 is the 47th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision that gave women control over their own bodies. We’ve run a pro-choice signature ad in the Indy/Independent for decades – and we love this new look! 

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New Topics, Exciting Keynote, Diverse Attendees at 2019 State Conference on 11/9/19

The 2019 State Conference in Charlotte on 11/9/19 included new topics, an exciting keynote, diverse attendees and many first timers. We had members and attendees from 18 to 80 and Rep. Deb Butler’s speech was a highlight for all! Our conference theme was “The Time For Justice Is NOW.” NOW covers all issues affecting women, but we delved into a few new areas for NC NOW – how climate change hurts women and gender equity.  NC NOW officers were elected, an annual task. We also hosted a panel on threats to reproductive access, an update on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), six workshops and more. We were honored to include a tribute to long time feminist activist and NC NOW board member Jan Allen.

Conference view from the back. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Reproductive Rights Forum with Triad NOW – 11/5/19

 In the last 6 months there have been attacks on the basic rights of women to determine when they choose to become pregnant, or when they believe it is in their best interest to terminate a pregnancy. Legislation that severely limits those rights has been proposed throughout the United States. Many of these proposals are in direct conflict with Roe v Wade, the established law that protects a woman’s right to abortion.

TriadNOW, NARAL Pro-Choice NC and ACLU of NC are sponsoring an educational forum on Tuesday, Nov 5, at 6pm in Winston-Salem. 

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Stop Endangering Women’s Lives Event Summary – 9/10/19

Advocates from NC National Organization of Women, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, Action NC, Tuesdays with Tillis, MomsRisingNC and others rallied outside of Senator Thom Tillis’ Raleigh office to demand an end to policies which restrict women’s access to reproductive and other health care. Threats range from various bills banning abortions, to giving away taxpayer money to religious anti-abortion clinics, to cutting off a trusted and proven provider of real medical care to the women most impacted by attacks on reproductive health access. 

Dani Hoffpauir speaking about Planned Parenthood and Title X – Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Evans: Great News From Charlotte for Patients and Businesses

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 Event, Raleigh, 6/11/19

“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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Action: Tell NC House Not to Override Veto on so called “Born Alive” bill – 5/2019

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. 

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