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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North Carolina lawmakers are definitely hostile to abortion now, as shown by the many restrictions added since 2011, the limited number of abortion clinics, the limited areas which have clinics, and legislature funneling taxpayer money to anti-abortion organizations and individual CPCs. All this despite how safe abortion is. This is the status of abortion in North Carolina in March 2021, and how it could be improved.
Women Are Watching – House Gallery at Legislative Building in Raleigh, Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga
Bad Bills Filed Already in 2021
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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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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.
Women were angry in 2013 with the NCGA and especially with the Motorcycle Vagina Bill shenanigans. From the NC House Gallery. MSNBC
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Wondering about the future of abortion access in NC? Anti-abortion lawmakers dominate the legislative leadership and the Supreme Court of the United States. What happens in NC if Roe falls? What other options do we have? How can we help get access to other options? Triangle NOW chapters hosted a panel of experts via Zoom on January 27th, and you can watch it any time at the link in this post.
Panelists: Tara Romano, Dr. Carrie Baker, Gailya Paliga
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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.
This beautiful portrait was made by artist Kathy Kos, a friend of our Chapel Hill NOW president Gerrie Richards. The signature ad ran as the centerfold in Indy Week. It was published on January 27, 2021, and is available for free at coffee shops and health food stores and other places around the Triangle for a week.
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!
It’s hard to believe that the Republicans won the US Senate majority only in 2014. It seems like we’ve suffered much longer with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell obstructing President Obama and then enabling Donald Trump. Since 2017, the Trump administration has managed to pack the courts all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) led by scheming and pressure from McConnell. The worst example of ramming a nomination through was the record fast confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a.k.a. Amy Covid Barrett. Not only is Barrett the anti-thesis of our beloved Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). Barrett is the first Supreme Court nomination with zero support from the minority party – all Democratic senators voted no (against nominee Barrett) for the first time in 151 years. This 52-48 (majority/minority) vote was the closest high court confirmation ever to a presidential election. Here is a look at some of the judicial and legislative damage – first McConnell and packing of the courts, then Amy Covid Barrett.
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The NC NOW Call To Conference Newsletter was mailed to members in early September for the “Voting Our Future NOW!” Conference which runs October 9 and October 10. The newsletter talks about our keynote speaker, new NOW President Christian Nunes, speaking on Voting Our Future NOW; a lawsuit challenging abortion restrictions in NC; special guest speaker Dr. Valerie A. Johnson from Shaw University speaking on Racial Injustice in the Justice System – for Women; a panel on how the Military #MeToo movement could help Fort Bragg and Fayetteville; and the registration/sponsorship form for the first virtual state conference we’ve held, which is over Zoom.
Go directly to the 2020 Call to Conference Newsletter at Fall NC NOW Call To Conference Newsletter.
Our beloved Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020. A vigil naturally happened at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) that night. Vigils have since popped up around the country and in NC. Here are some, including one organized by Triad NOW President Ana Tampanna.
Triad NOW’s impromptu Vigil in honor of #SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had almost 50 attendees! Photo Credit: Ana Tampanna