NC NOW members delivered the NC NOW pro-choice signature ad packets to all of our representatives in the NC House and NC Senate on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The packets included a letter from NC NOW on bills related to abortion access that we support and oppose, and this year we delivered two copies of the ad in each packet. Due to the pandemic and safety concerns, we did not deliver in 2020. See NC NOW’s letter below and see more about the ads below. The eight members delivering the signature ad packets represented Fayetteville NOW, Chapel Hill NOW, Raleigh NOW, and Durham NOW. There were two other groups of people who got the signature ads ready to go the previous weeks.
Pro-Choice Signature Ad Delivery in 2021 with 7 of 8 people shown. Photo Credit: Maureen Wertheim
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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.
North Carolina NOW Legislative Update #6 – 8 March 2021
This week a bill to eliminate some major impediments to obtaining an abortion in North Carolina was introduced (HB188/SB167), Removing Barriers/Gain Access to Abortion Act, ”RBG Act”). The short title honors late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a strong advocate for abortion rights.
The first anti-abortion bill was filed in North Carolina within days of the start of the 2021 legislative session, as reported in NC NOW Legislative Update #1 in 2021 – 2/1/21. It is a six week abortion ban, HB31, known in politics as a “fetal heartbeat ban.” There is a special deceptiveness with the six week abortion ban.
First of all, six weeks of gestation is really four weeks after fertilization. This ban would kick in before most women know they are pregnant – about a month after fertilization.
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On the Eve of the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, please join us for a look. On Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. we’ll reflect on how Roe v. Wade came to be, the twist and turns over the years, up to the latest actions by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Sign from the 2020 Raleigh Women’s March
What do you need to do? Put on some comfortable clothes, get something to drink, something to write with and a scrap piece of paper to have a little fun and just maybe learn a little bit too!
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.
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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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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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!
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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