Two powerful new studies are in the headlines this morning that ought to spur a renewed societal commitment to promoting affordable, easy-to-access birth control for every woman who wants it.

#1 – Associated Press reports that:

“Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concluded Thursday, offering strong evidence for how a bitterly contested Obama administration policy could benefit women’s health.

The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. They were given their choice Read More


The next time you find yourself doubting whether it makes a difference to speak up and call out ignorant, and/or reactionary statements and actions by elected officials and and other prominent voices in the public policy arena, consider the following two public statements by New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis (as reported by the Wilmington Star News):

March 12 –  Chairman Ted Davis said he thought it was a sad day when “taxpayers are asked to pay money to buy for contraceptives” for women having sex without planning responsibly.

“If these young women were responsible people and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” Davis said.

April 2 – “I now realize that a woman is being responsible when she seeks contraception from the health department.”

The task is huge but we can make a difference. Time to redouble our efforts.


As Adam Linker discussed here yesterday, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has gone all Rush Limbaugh in recent days.

The ACLU of North Carolina issued the following statement yesterday afternoon in response:

MARCH 13, 2012

ACLU-NC Criticizes New Hanover Commissioners for Rejecting Reproductive Health Grant for Women

ACLU-NC Executive Director Calls Vote by All-Male Board to Reject Funds “Shameful” Read More


It appears that at least eight corporate sponsors have now dropped the Big Gas Bag. Hooray for them — though one might ask the question: what in the heck took you so long?

Now there’s a movement afoot in North Carolina to extend the effort. As noted on Blue NC this morning, signatures are being gathered by activists to get UNC Tar Heels athletic program to drop its affiliation with Limbaugh stations. Here in the Triangle, for instance, UNC football and basketball games are broadcast on 106.1 FM “Rush Radio.”

You can sign the petition to support this latest “dump Rush” effort by clicking here.