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In one of his stranger efforts to retain his once-moderate image (if only in his own mind) Governor McCrory has been trying mightily in recent days to argue that his support for Senate Bill 353 – the omnibus anti-choice bill just passed by the General Assembly last week — does not somehow violate his 2012 campaign pledge to oppose any new restrictions on access to abortion in North Carolina.

Laying aside for a moment that one need look no further than the title of the bill to find multiple new restrictions spelled out in detail, it may also prove useful in understanding the real impact of the legislation to check in on what the anti-choice folks who helped craft it are saying. This is from the website of the North Carolina Family Policy Council: Read More

You’ve got to hand it the the folks at Progress NC Action for getting down to the basics with the media release they distributed last night:

Progress NC Action Calls on Gov. McCrory to “Read the Bill,” Stop Misleading the Public & Veto SB 353

Pat McCrory’s claim that abortion bill is “not further limiting access” is contradicted not just by language in SB 353, but by even the bill’s title.

RALEIGH – Progress North Carolina Action today called on Governor Pat McCrory to confirm for the public that he has actually read the controversial abortion bill which is heading to his desk, to retract his statement that SB 353 “will better protect women while not further limiting access,” and to veto SB 353.

The Governor’s claim that SB 353 will not limit access to abortion care flies in the face of not just language inside the bill, but the very title of the bill itself.  Read More

This was released today…

An open letter to Governor McCrory from local elected officials opposed to sweeping restrictions on women’s health

July 25, 2013 

The Honorable Pat McCrory
Office of the Governor
State of North Carolina 

Dear Governor McCrory,

As municipal and county elected officials, we write to oppose SB353, the omnibus abortion bill titled Health and Safety Law Changes.

SB 353 is not only an intrusion into the deeply personal and private health care decisions North Carolina women and their families face, but also an intrusion into the affairs of local governments who want to ensure that health plans offered to their employees, to the extent possible, cover their health care needs. Read More

From today’s Charlotte Observer:

Doctors to N.C. legislators: Get out of our exam rooms
By Jeanne A. Conry and Haywood L. Brown

North Carolina is yet another example of legislators wanting to play doctor, telling real doctors how to practice medicine and how to care for our patients. Medical decisions must be based on scientific evidence and made by patients in consultation with physicians, not the state or federal government.

Let’s be clear. Senate Bill 132 and Senate Bill 353 collectively have one purpose: To restrict the reproductive rights of women in North Carolina by interfering with the practice of medicine. The two leading state ob-gyn associations – the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and the North Carolina Section of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – have joined together to stand against these bills because they undermine the very fabric of what’s important: Patient safety and access to quality medical care for all women in our state.

ACOG respects our members’ deeply held personal beliefs on abortion. While we can agree to disagree about abortion on ideological grounds, we must draw a hard line against any legislation that threatens women’s health. That’s why we’re setting the record straight for all politicians: Get out of our exam rooms.

Read the rest by clicking here.

Last Monday, reproductive freedom supporter Dianna Wynn joined in with many of her fellow North Carolinians to participate in a Moral Mondays protest. She shared her story with NC Policy Watch:  

My Moral Monday arrest and protest experience
By Dianna Wynn

Participating in public protest demonstrations is not something I do, but that all changed for me when the NC legislature chose to attack women’s reproductive rights. I am outraged at the nature of this legislation and the sneaky process that has produced it. Thus, it was with anger and frustration that I chose to attend Moral Monday on July 8th and engage in the civil disobedience that resulted in my arrest.

I did this not knowing how my family and friends would react. However, the outpouring of support has been overwhelming and often unexpected. Read More