Governor McCrory made a fascinating (and troubling) statement in an interview with WUNC-TV’s Kelly McCullen the other day. When asked about the debate over gun control and why the state has failed to advance any new initiatives to strengthen it, the Governor said the following in response:
“I don’t know. And listen I’ve really tried to concentrate on the economy, the efficiency of government and education. And that’s where I’m focusing. I’m trying to…Tell you the truth, I’m trying to get off the liberal and conservative social issues and concentrate on the things that people are worried about most and that’s the economy.”
Uh, sorry to tell you this Governor McCrory, but the responsibility of dealing with those “social issues” comes with your job. A classic case in point: Right now, the House of Representatives is advancing a dangerous anti-reproductive freedom bill on “sex selection abortions” that will require doctors to read the minds of their patients and turn care providers into investigators and patients into suspects. It is offensive, unconstitutional and, as always with such proposals, an assault first and foremost on poor women.
You are on the record as opposing further restrictions on reproductive freedom. It’s time to stand up like a grown-up, own that position and tell the ideologues pushing the anti-woman “social issues” legislation that you’re not going to go along with them.