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Broken cookie delivery to mark anniversary of Guv’s broken promise on reproductive freedom

From the good people at NARAL-Pro Choice NC:

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina member activists will deliver broken cookies to the Governor’s Mansion this morning at 11:00 am to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor McCrory’s broken promise not to support restrictions on access to abortion care. Last July, Governor McCrory signed into law Senate Bill 353, a series of restrictions on reproductive health care. The next day, the governor delivered cookies to NARAL Pro-Choice NC and other reproductive rights advocates protesting his broken promise outside the Governor’s Mansion.

Governor McCrory’s signing of Senate Bill 353 (also known as the “Motorcycle Abortion” bill) came less than one year after promising North Carolina voters in a televised debate that he would not sign any restrictions on abortion access if voters elected him governor.

“Governor McCrory broke his promise to North Carolina voters when he signed Senate Bill 353 into law last year, and today we are delivering broken cookies to remind him of his broken promise,” said NARAL Pro-Choice NC executive director Suzanne Buckley. “With the stroke of a pen, Governor McCrory banned insurance companies from offering for abortion care coverage through the exchanges and stripped away comprehensive reproductive health care coverage from over 367,000 city and county employees.This law is filled with restrictions on access abortion care that McCrory promised he wouldn’t sign,” she said.

SB 353 also required NC DHHS to consider new restrictions that would apply only women’s health centers providing abortion care. Buckley also cited the closing of FemCare, western North Carolina’s only abortion clinic as indicative of the ongoing politicization of women’s reproductive health care in the state.[1] “Right now, women in the Western North Carolina have extremely limited access to safe and legal abortion care, and we are deeply concerned that new rules being considered by the Department of Health and Human Services could result in less access to a whole range of reproductive health care services, including safe abortion care,” she said.

SB 353 was signed into law on July 30, 2013 just days after NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and its partners delivered over 35,000 petition signatures from activists across the state, urging Governor McCrory to keep his campaign promise and vetoSB 353.

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina is a statewide organization with over 33,000 member activists that works exclusively to protect and advance the reproductive rights of women and families in North Carolina. They are an advocate and voice for the 7 in 10 North Carolinians who believe reproductive health care decisions should be made by women—not politicians.[2] ________________________________________
[1] J. Elliston, (2014, March 13). Documents disclose political, PR pressures surrounding Asheville abortion clinic’s suspension. Carolina Public Press. Retrieved from: http://www.carolinapublicpress.org/17968/documents-disclose-political-pr-pressures-surrounding-asheville-abortion-clinics-suspension.
[2] Public Policy Polling (2013) “Reproductive Health Care Decisions” [March 7-10, 2013] Retrieved from: http://www.prochoicenc.org/assets/bin/NCPollResultsforWeb.pdf

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