Lost in today’s news blitz is the fact that several regressive new North Carolina laws take effect today, including the state’s new anti-woman, anti-reproductive freedom law. In response, Chapel Hill mayor Mark Kleinschmidt wrote an excellent essay for the Huffington Post. Here’s the excellent opening:
Women and North Carolina GOP Lose Upon Implementation of New State Abortion Restrictions
Today North Carolina’s new oppressive anti-choice law goes into effect and no North Carolina woman is safer or healthier because of it. But the biggest loser of all may be North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory, who violated a clear campaign promise when he signed the legislation into law.
The policies that go into effect today have the potential of severely restricting a woman’s right to choose — and for that reason North Carolinians descended upon the state house to illustrate our fierce opposition. On July 25th, I personally helped deliver more than 35,000 thousand petitions to McCory’s office urging a gubernatorial veto. Despite this effort, and in the face of widespread public disapproval and mass protests, McCrory signed the new law. Further, in what may go down in history as the most patronizing stunt ever by an elected official, instead of honestly explaining why he broke his promise, he literally offered the women of North Carolina a plate of cookies.
In a pastiche of right-wing paranoia and cowardice, this law was attached to two bills during the legislative process, one that nominally focused on motorcycle safety, and another that sought to ban Sharia law. Despite the North Carolina GOP’s attempt to muddle the conversation, it is clear the legislation’s sole purpose was to unfairly target a woman’s access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and limit the ability of North Carolina’s municipalities to provide comprehensive healthcare to their employees. Many expect the new “safety” standards the governor imposed on abortion clinics to lead to their closure, thus jeopardizing women’s health and safety….