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From the good folks at Planned Parenthood of Central NC:

NC GOP Legislators Resume Attacks on Women’s Health

HB 716 Represents Another Attack on Women’s Health and Health Care Providers

RALEIGH— Today the NC General Assembly resumed their efforts to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care which began in 2011, the worst session on record for women’s health.

Planned Parenthood opposes racism and sexism in all forms and works to advance equity and human rights in the delivery of healthcare.

“HB 716, on the other hand, has nothing to do with addressing the underlying causes of gender discrimination and everything to do with Read More

Women’s health advocates will be rallying at the General Assembly today to battle another round of attacks on reproductive health care. The message to lawmakers: “you don’t walk in every woman’s shoes.”  Here are the details:

Who: Women’s health advocates, ACLU, Ipas, Lillian’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, NC Now, NC Women Matter, NC Women United, Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina
What: “Not in Her Shoes Rally”
Where: Halifax Mall, 300 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC
When: March 20, 2013, Noon-1:00 pm

On the heels of the NC Senate’s reintroduction of an amended version of the so-called “Woman’s Right to Know” bill —passed in 2011 and enjoined by Federal District Court—women (and men) will gather to tell politicians they should stay the heck out of a woman’s personal health decisions because they do not “walk in every woman’s shoes.” Shoes gathered for the event as a symbol will be distributed to a local women’s organization.

This video spells out the “not in her shoes” message simply and succinctly.

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House Republicans rejected an early amendment in Wednesday’s budget debate that would strike language banning local health departments from using outside contractors. Rep. Diane Parfitt, who offered the amendment, argued that local health departments unable to provide certain family planning services should be allowed to contract with Planned Parenthood.

Other Democrats were more direct, arguing the defunding provision would overburden local health departments and harm low-income individuals who have relied on Planned Parenthood for screenings and preventive care:

“It is nothing more than a fig leaf trying to cover the majority’s open hostility to Planned Parenthood,” said Rep. Rick Glazier.

Rep. John Blust bristled at Rep. Jennifer Weiss’ assertion that this was a continuation of the “war on women in North Carolina” by Republicans.  Blust then offered up an “expose” by a pro-life group that alleged Planned Parenthood was condoning sex selective abortions.

Rep. Verla Insko said lawmakers who supported the restriction on private providers of family planning services should be clear – the  provision was not about abortion,  it was about access to contraception:

“I certainly would not call this a bill to liberate women.”

Rep. Parfitt’s amendment was ultimately rejected along party lines, 51-68.  To watch a portion of Wednesday’s heated budget debate, click below:

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More fun and games from the people running the General Assembly. This is just in from the folks at Planned Parenthood of Central NC:

Immediate Release
May 24, 2012                                                 

NC House Committee Targets Planned Parenthood
HHS Appropriation chairs try new tack to ban non-profit from receiving state funding

Raleigh—Taking direct aim at Planned Parenthood, HHS appropriation chairs in the state house today unveiled their 2012-2013 budget, which includes a special provision banning the women’s health non-profit from receiving state funding to provide family planning services to low-income women.

Craftily written to avoid listing the organization by name, the special provision Read More

Planned Parenthood’s heartening victory this week in overcoming the boneheaded decision of the Susan G. Komen Foundation (which, as an aside, sure seems to have left extremists like Renee Ellmers hung out to dry) should provide an important lesson for progressives here in North Carolina. It is this:

Most Americans are not with the radical, conservative  extremists; that group’s current power and influence is hugely disproportionate to its actual support in the public. Read More