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Start 2020 with Strong Statement via Pro-Choice Signature Ad

Pro-choice Signature Ad Appeal (2020)

As the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision approaches, it is important for us to take a stand and make a public statement in support of the rights it protects. We invite you to join us in signing our annual pro-choice signature ad. The war against women’s reproductive rights has escalated to unprecedented heights. A slew of abortion ban bills were introduced around the country in 2019.  See a few examples in the NC and Other State Abortion Bans – What Are We Looking At?

Wide Shot of the Stop The Ban Rally in Raleigh. This is not all of us! Photo Credit: Sam Bennett

In North Carolina, we’ve just experienced one of the least productive legislative sessions in North Carolina history. The NC General Assembly finally adjourned in November with no more damage done to reproductive rights—but the threats are real and ongoing. Our governor vetoed an outrageous bill claiming to protect born-alive fetuses from murder on the grounds that existing law already protects born-alive infants. Other equally outrageous bills were introduced, but died in committee. Anti-abortion forces no longer enjoy free reign to implement their extreme agenda here in North Carolina—with one major exception.

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Offen: State Budget Money for CPCs Violates Separate of Church and State

The 2019 state budget has allocated over $2.6 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) and anti-abortion organizations. CPCs interfere with women seeking abortion care and give false information. They pose as legitimate clinics while they don’t generally have medical personnel. They overtly push Christianity, so them being given money by the state violates the separation of church and state.

-Paul Offen submitted this Letter to the Editor to the News and Observer in August 2019

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NC NOW Legislative Update #29—Fireworks Over House Veto Override – Sept. 30, 2019

See whole report including summary and bill tracking at NC NOW Legislative Update #29.v1

The fireworks over the House vote to override the budget veto continue.  Rep. Darren Jackson has taken a lie detector test and challenged Speaker Moore to do the same.  At issue is whether Rep. Jackson was told that the session where the vote to override the budget veto was taken would be a no voting session.  Speaker Moore dismissed the challenge claiming that it was a publicity stunt.  See:  https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2019/09/23/representative-takes-lie-detector-test-after-budget-veto-override

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NC NOW Legislative Update #28—#IWillNotYield! – September 16, 2019

House votes to Override Budget Veto in Explosive Session

Rep. Darren Jackson, House Minority Leader, claims that Rep. David Lewis, second-ranking Republican leader, assured him after the session on Tuesday, September 10, that there would be no recorded votes during the 8:30 session the next day.  Rep. Lewis denies it.  Rep. Jackson told the Democrats that they did not need to be at the 8:30 session because there would be no votes.  But reporter Laura Leslie also texted Rep. Lewis to ask if there would be votes in the 8:30 session on September 11.  He texted her back that there would be no votes at 8:30.   Finally, to confirm that something was being  planned, a text message was sent to Republicans telling them to be present for the 8:30 session: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article235034672.html

Here is a screen shot of the text exchange between Laura Leslie and Rep. Lewis:

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LTEs and Op-Eds on Taxpayer Money Paying for Anti-Abortion Work

There is another whole area of wrongness not getting much coverage – our taxpayer money going to fully anti-abortion and inappropriately religious clinics. The proposed state budget gives taxpayer money away to two main anti-abortion organizations, but also directly to many CPCs that are part of the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship (CPCF) anti-abortion organization.

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Photo Credit: Melba Evans, Stop The Bans rally in Charlotte on 5/21/19

Lois Roewade from Pfafftown didn’t mince any words in her LTE, titled “Taxpayer-funded propaganda,” which ran in the 8/3/19 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal. Find it at The Readers’ Forum: Saturday letters.

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Roewade: Taxpayer-funded propaganda

Lois Roewade from Pfafftown didn’t mince any words in her LTE, titled “Taxpayer-funded propaganda,” which ran in the 8/3/19 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal. Find it at The Readers’ Forum: Saturday letters.

Taxpayer-funded Propoganda

Currently the N.C. legislature is at a budget stalemate over the issue of Medicaid expansion, which would provide affordable, quality health care to approximately 500,000 people. The cost? About $2.13 billion, 90% of which would be reimbursed by federal dollars and the rest paid by hospitals and health plans. (Source: NC state budget).

But there’s another way to help reduce the cost. Eliminate the $2.64 million budgeted for crisis pregnancy centers. Of this total, $1.2 million is directed to the Texas-based Human Coalition, a virulently anti-abortion, anti-contraception, social media-focused organization that blatantly promotes Christian theology all over its website, blog and printed materials.

Quote from Lois Roewade

Quote from Lois Roewade

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NC NOW Legislative Update #25 – Budget Impasse and Push for Gun Safety – 8/12/19

Summary includes a summary via gifs of the budget standoff and its negative consequences. Definitely worth a look! And what Democratic legislators are doing in response to the tragic shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH. Be sure to read what one of the survivors of the shooting at UNCC said. You can go directly to the full legislative update, NC_NOW_Legislative_Update #25 (12Aug19), which includes the week’s summary and bill listings. Written by Robin Davis, NC NOW Vice President of Political Action and Lobbyist.

Still no vote on whether to override the governor’s veto of the budget and no progress to report on a stand-alone bill to expand Medicaid. Speaker Moore warns the stalemate could continue until October. This link contains a serious explanation of the budget standoff and its negative consequences along with some amusing gifs: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2019/08/07/the-n-c-budget-stalemate-explained-in-gifs/

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Event Summary: Many Issues with State Budget, Not Medicaid Alone

A coalition of organizations held a community conversations event “Public Education, Medicaid Expansion and the State Budget” in Fayetteville on Thursday, 7/25/19. Attendees heard from many very well qualified speakers on two panels – the first panel included community leaders, doctors, patients on need for Medicaid Expansion and returning public education to place of importance in state,  and the second panel included  some history of Medicaid expansion in NC and current shenanigans and chances with past and present lawmakers. 

Early full house from back Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

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Over $2.6 Million of 2019 State Budget to CPCs

The state budget that passed the NC General Assembly in 2019 funnels at least $2.64 million to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to pursue their anti-abortion agenda. More money is being sent to some of these organizations even though even though the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has serious problems with them.

Crisis Pregnancy Center Protest
Photo Credit: Whole Woman’s Health Blog, 2017

 The breakdown of millions of dollars to anti-abortion organizations is as follows:

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NC NOW Legislative Update, 11 Jun 18

It’s been another crazy week in the NCGA.  Here are some highlights (lowlights) from the North_Carolina_NOW_Legislative_Update_#4_Short_Session, 10_June_2018.

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As expected, Governor Cooper vetoed the budget, citing inadequate funding for education and teacher pay raises, implementing unnecessary tax cuts, and the deplorable process used to pass the budget. See “Cooper vetoes budget bill — here’s why,” NC Policy Watch, 6/6/18. The Senate has voted to override the Governor’s veto and the House has voted once to override with a final vote scheduled for 06/12/2018.

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