Women’s advocates at NARAL Pro-Choice NC, N.C. Women United, NC NOW and Progress NC will be delivering petitions to Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh this afternoon. This is from the new release (which also includes a link to new and encouraging polling numbers — see after the page break):
Thousands Demand Senators Tillis and Burr Protect Sex Trafficking Survivors Now, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and Local Leaders to Deliver Petitions
Sen. Tillis’ Office in Raleigh, NC to be Inundated with Petitions on Wednesday at 2:00PM
On Wednesday April 8, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, in partnership with NARAL Pro-Choice America, Progress NC Action, NC NOW (National Organization for Women), and NC Women United, will deliver thousands of petitions to the district office of Senator Tillis telling him to stop playing politics and pass a clean Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act for the health and safety of exploited women and children.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue had this to say:
“Instead of pushing for the immediate care that survivors of sex trafficking need, Senators Tillis and Burr are treating them like political pawns by stalling this important bill to advance their anti-choice agenda. Given that thousands of American women and children are coerced into performing commercial sex acts for the financial gain of criminals every year, the with banning abortion regardless of individual circumstances is incredibly dangerous. We will accept nothing less than unfettered access to a full range of reproductive health care services for trafficking survivors from our representatives in Congress.”
WHAT: Petition delivery calling for a clean Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
WHO: NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and local leaders
WHEN: April 8, 2:00PM
WHERE: 310 New Bern Avenue Raleigh, NC 27601
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Executive Director, Shoshannah Sayers had this to say:
“Senators Tillis and Burr have been part of a group of federal lawmakers holding up the bipartisan legislation in Congress over demands that it ban abortions. We’re hosting this rally and petition delivery with our allies to hold our lawmakers accountable for putting their outdated and dangerous beliefs ahead of the lives of women and families. Women and girls deserve better.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America released new polling, conducted this week, which shows the senators’ position on this bill is out-of-step with voters and hurting their re-election chances.
The poll found:
• A majority (60-75%) of voters will be less likely to vote for their senator if they vote in favor of the provision restricting access to abortions for victims of human trafficking.
• Focusing on restricting abortion within the context of a bill about human trafficking is broadly unpopular.
• A clear majority (70-80%) of voters in these states support legal abortion.
Women who are trafficked are forced to “service” an average of 13 men a day, according to a Loyola School of Law study. Eighty percent of these women report being pregnant at least once and 20 percent report being pregnant five times or more.