Advocates respond to committee passage of anti-choice bill

From the good folks at Planned Parenthood of Central NC:

NC GOP Legislators Resume Attacks on Women’s Health

HB 716 Represents Another Attack on Women’s Health and Health Care Providers

RALEIGH— Today the NC General Assembly resumed their efforts to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care which began in 2011, the worst session on record for women’s health.

Planned Parenthood opposes racism and sexism in all forms and works to advance equity and human rights in the delivery of healthcare.

“HB 716, on the other hand, has nothing to do with addressing the underlying causes of gender discrimination and everything to do with politicians pushing their agenda to restrict access to safe and legal abortion,” said Paige Johnson, Vice President of External Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.

“Proponents of HB 716 are simply taking a page out of the playbook of politicians opposed to safe and legal abortion across the country. Similar legislation has been introduced in states like Kansas, North Dakota and Missouri,” added Johnson.

The primary sponsors of HB 716 are the same legislators who last legislative session worked to impose a forced ultrasound viewing, mandatory delays and state scripted counseling on every woman seeking to end a pregnancy in North Carolina—legislation so extreme portions of it were immediately enjoined by federal court.

“North Carolinians, like most Americans, do not think politicians should interfere in the doctor patient relationship,” says Melissa Reed, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Health Systems, “HB 716 undermines nonjudgmental, high quality care by turning doctors into investigators and their patients suspects.”

If HB 716 becomes law, doctors would fact heavy fines, loss of his or her license to practice medicine, and lawsuits from a patient, her family or another doctor.

Two physicians testified against HB 716 stating that language in the bill is too vague for doctors to effectively comply and stating that the bill would undermine their ability to provide confidential, nonjudgmental health care.

A representative from the NC Right to Life who also testified stated that HB 716 is a major issue due to “the number of immigrants that are coming to this country.” Jina Dhillon from NC Women United and Milan Pham of the Asian-American and Pacific Women’s Association, both of Asian descent, responded that the bill would cause discrimination against Asian-American women and noted that there is no evidence that such gender preferences are a problem in North Carolina among immigrant communities or otherwise.

The measure ultimately passed the committee along party lines and will go to the House Floor.



  1. James Protzman

    May 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Not to worry. DAG will veto as he promised. Right?

  2. Doug

    May 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Or it could be called the Killing Progressive Babies bill…..tomato, tomahto. At least the bill will result in fewer liberals in the future if passed so there is at least one sunny side.

  3. RJ

    May 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    So girl babies are “progressive” and “liberal” and the fewer the better huh, Doug? Seriously, WTF?

  4. david esmay

    May 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    My complements to Doug, with a long, long, list of vacuous and puerile conservative ideological comments to his credit, he’s top himself, once again.

  5. Doug

    May 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    No RJ….talking about the likely leanings of the moms and the influences they would have on them and influence them to grow up to be. You know there would be millions more progressives out there if abortions were not a birth control method. Progressivism is the only movement I know that advocates for killing their future members. I am not the one wanting to kill babies anyway….so the WTF should be directed to the people who are….WTF indeed.

  6. david esmay

    May 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Enough of the conservative ignorance Doug. Nobody is in favor of abortion, what the majority of Americans are in favor of is a women’s right to control her own reproductive rights and her right to a safe, constitutionally protected medical procedure. The misogynistic right acts as if no abortions were performed before 1973, conservatism is the only movement I know that advocates it’s members wear their ignorance as a badge of honor.
    A study done by Dr. Allen Wilcox of the National Institute for Environmental Health found that 31% of all conceptions end in miscarriage. Last year there were 3,999,386 births in the U.S., that means 1,714,020 pregnancies ended in miscarriage, or aborted by nature, (or aborted by the magic sky daddy if you’re a conservative), far more than are safely and legally terminated. By Doug’s logic and those on the right, we should make nature illegal, or maybe we could pass laws outlawing churches and their beliefs, because after all, their “God” is the greatest abortionist of them all.

  7. RJ

    May 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

    So, Doug, your argument is a bit more sophisticated than “women are liberal”. Instead, the argument is that “women who, for whatever reason that is their own damn business, get abortions are liberals and thus their children would turn out that way, too.”

    Again, WTF. I pity your womenfolk, though I’m sure you hold the door for them and make sure they have nice things. Like many “gentlemen”, it’s too bad you can’t see them as human beings.

  8. Doug

    May 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

    It is society’s business actually….unless you are saying murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and attempted murder is not society’s business. You can WTF all you want, but it is more likely the liberals are the most penalized by controlling the population this way….not that I mind that result. Extrapolating this to mean I hate women is quite the straw man argument….but whatever. It is not like the liberals are truly not for controlling people and telling them what to do in all situations.

  9. RJ

    May 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

    OK, your position comes down to: abortion is murder, and murder is society’s business, but if it’s “liberal” fetuses that are getting aborted by “liberal” women then you don’t mind a little murder since it helps your side get elected. WTF.

    Then you assert that “liberals” want to control people in the context of a Republican bill that is all about controlling how doctors and their patients, who happen to be women, make decisions about patients’ (women’s) health. The bill also allows spouses, parents, siblings, etc. to file lawsuits against dosctors for how they treat the patients, who are women. And this is “liberals” “controlling people”? WTF.

    I mean, wow. I had just thought you were parroting silly arguments from the National Review oir something, but it turns out that your feelings of eliminationism and misogyny trump whatever small amount of logic you applied to your arguments. I’m so sorry. I hope you grow out of it.

  10. Doug

    May 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    That is my view….truly wow….that you guys can be so clueless.

  11. RJ

    May 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    So that’s your response? I’m rubber, you’re glue?

    You’re right, Doug, I was indeed clueless about the depth of your moral depravity and shallowness of your intellect. No longer, though.

  12. Doug Gibson

    May 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Okay, so there’s this:

    Inflammatory comments will be edited or removed.

    And then there’s this:

    Or it could be called the Killing Progressive Babies bill…..tomato, tomahto. At least the bill will result in fewer liberals in the future if passed so there is at least one sunny side.

    I have to wonder what the definition of “inflammatory” is around here. Because if Doug’s comment doesn’t fit the definition, what does?

  13. Suzan Thompson

    May 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Abortion is murder. A woman’s choice should be made BEFORE she becomes pregnant. Use a condom or abstain. After conception, abortion is the taking of a human life. The taking of a human life is murder.
    And as for doctors/patients, after conception, there should be TWO patients. The mother and the child. The child should have some rights here, too.

  14. Doug

    May 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

    RJ…that is basically what you wrote me….Wow!

    Good points Suzan. One additiona though, there actually should be three patients….there is a man involved somehow….unless humans have been granted asexual reproductive abilites which is what the gays really need to be working toward to make a better case for marriage.

Check Also

New poll shows support for Gov. Cooper in state budget standoff

In case you missed it, be sure to ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) is seeking the open chancellor’s position at Ea [...]

A public schools advocacy group is calling on North Carolina leaders to take “immediate and intentio [...]

"Satirical" Facebook site seeks to promote Trump's re-election When Jonathan Jones sa [...]

Not everyone in North Carolina understands the implications of court fines and fees and how expenses [...]

After a few months of unemployment I was going stir-crazy so I got a job as a cashier at a local gro [...]

Say this for North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and his surrogates, they are determined con arti [...]

The lengths to which conservative ideologues and members of the Trump cult will go in order to avoid [...]

The post Causey & effect (with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest) appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]