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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.

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Professor Lisa Levenstein of UNCG has an excellent piece in this morning’s Greensboro News & Record about the General Assembly’s mad rush to pass new laws law restricting a woman’s right to reproductive freedom.

Proposed new regulations on abortion providers have nothing to do with protecting women’s health. Nothing demonstrates this quite like the tactics Republican leaders have used to try to ram the legislation through the N.C. General Assembly.

At first, draconian abortion restrictions were placed into an anti-Sharia law bill. After public scrutiny began to gather momentum, the new regulations were put into — of all things — a motorcycle safety bill. If advocates are so convinced these new measures are justified, why all the secrecy? Why all the back-room tactics? Why the rush?

GOP leaders argued that the legislation formerly known as House Bill 695, the “Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act,” would actually protect women by imposing strict new regulations on abortion providers

“We’re not taking away the rights of women,” insisted Sen. Warren Daniel, one of the primary supporters of the bill. “We’re protecting the health and safety of women across the state.”

Yet the discussion of the bill in the House Health and Human Services Committee meeting on Tuesday morning made it abundantly clear that the true intent of the legislation had little to do with protecting women’s health and everything to do with severely restricting women’s access to abortion….

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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

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Suzanne Buckley, the Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, has an excellent op-ed in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer.

“Most North Carolinians think decisions about reproductive health care should be left to a woman, not politicians. But the General Assembly isn’t listening to its constituents. In spite of public opinion, the leadership in Raleigh is on a mission to ban abortion care in our state. Read More

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People of color lobby daySeveral progressive nonprofits are now targeting next Tuesday, April 9 as a day of action and protest at the General Assembly.

Among the complementary events:

HK on J People of (all) Colors Lobby Day - which will commence at 9:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church – Family Life Center at 109 S. Wilmington St. in Raleigh. Click here for more information.

and Women’s Advocacy Day – which is also scheduled to commence at 9:00 a.m. Click here for more information.

Hope to see you there!