In response to last night’s 11th hour anti-choice treachery, pro-choice advocates are calling on supporters to come to the North Carolina Senate gallery this morning for the session that begins at that hour.
A statement from the ACLU-NC:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2013
ACLU-NC Denounces N.C. Senate’s Sneak Attack on Reproductive Rights
Senate Attempted to Pass Omnibus Anti-Abortion Bill Tuesday Night Without Public Notice or Debate
RALEIGH – This evening, without any public notice or debate, the North Carolina Senate voted to pass an omnibus anti-abortion bill that would severely restrict women’s access to abortion care by prohibiting health plans offered through federal health care exchanges from offering abortion coverage, requiring abortion clinics to go through a licensing process similar to outpatient surgical clinics, allowing all health care providers to opt out of providing abortion care, requiring doctors to stay in the room for an entire abortion procedure (regardless of whether it is surgical, medical, or chemical), and compel doctors to interrogate patients about the reason they are having an abortion by prohibiting doctors from knowingly performing a sex-selection abortion. Read More
From the good folks at NARAL Pro-Choice NC:
Anti-Choice Sex-Education Bill Passes the House, on route to the Governor’s Desk
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina says Young People Deserve the Facts
For Immediate Release – June 27, 2013
RALEIGH, NC., This afternoon, the House passed SB 132 by a vote of 68 to 42. “This bill is part of an extreme anti-choice agenda by leaders in the General Assembly to ban abortion in North Carolina.” said Suzanne Buckley, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. “While the Governor and his allies in the House may claim that this bill is about education, the debate on the House floor yesterday and today have made it abundantly clear that lawmakers behind this bill are more concerned with advancing their political agenda than promoting accurate information in sex education. The fact that this bill never made it to the Education Committee is further evidence that it has nothing to do with education, and everything to do with an anti-choice political agenda.” Buckley continued. “Any claim to the contrary is disingenuous.” Read More
Take State Rep. Paul Stam, for instance.
Stam has been in the General Assembly for a long time. Prior to his current series of half a dozen terms, the Wake County Republican also served during the 1989-90 legislative session. It was during that initial term that Stam first made his name as a crusader for right-wing social causes and, specifically, a passionate opposition to abortion.
Now, flash forward to 2013 and see that things aren’t much different. Stam is still leading the anti-choice charge (and the anti-gay rights charge and the pro-death penalty charge). Along with many of his conservative colleagues, Stam is doing everything he can to make abortion more inaccessible, prevent LGBT equality and revive the death penalty.
Here’s one important difference, however, Read More
This is not a decision I made lightly but in the end it’s one I made without hesitation. Before getting to the essence of why, I had to attend to some practical matters. Did I have the support of my family? – yes. Would it affect my job? – no. Could I post bail? – yes.
It’s easier for me to do this than most people. I’m almost 60 years old, nearing the end of my career. I won’t lose my job. This is not a brave thing for me to do – just a necessary thing.
Why is it necessary? Will this likely have an impact on the legislators making the decisions that I think are so harmful – probably not. Shouldn’t I honor the process of the last election that put all these people in office – absolutely. I do.
The real reason I’m doing this is I need to be a citizen today – in the most profound way possible. And I need to honor Gandhi and Martin Luther King and Jesus and do it in a serious nonviolent way.
What are the decisions this General Assembly has made that I find so troubling that I am willing to stand in front of the chamber doors blocking their way?
There are too many to enumerate here. For now, I want to just share a few that are personal to me. Read More
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