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Can The Governor Of North Carolina Hold The Line On Anti-Women Legislation?

Can The Governor Of North Carolina Hold The Line On Anti-Women Legislation?

Prior to this legislative session, North Carolina has been fairly hands off when it comes to limiting women’s access to abortion and reproductive health.  The lack of available providers had in the past been considered enough of a roadblock for abortion access, and additional legislation was never much of a priority.

But 2011 brought an intense focus on eliminating reproductive health access to all women across the country, as Republicans took their new gains in both congress and state legislatures as a mandate to enact their own anti-women gameplan.

Now, simply not having a lot of providers isn’t good enough.  Anti-abortion legislators have pushed bans on Planned Parenthood funds, in some cases making up stories about the provider in an attempt to woo other lawmakers to vote with them and demonize the group, and push for a mandatory ultrasound bill for all women seeking abortions.

The Planned Parenthood ban passed, and despite a veto from Governor Bev Perdue, was overridden in the legislature and will go on to become law.

Now, will the same happen to the mandatory ultrasound law and 24 hour waiting period also passed by the state legislature?  Both bills exist for the same reason — to force women seeking abortions to have to make multiple appointments, lengthening the time that they have to spend away from families, away from jobs, spend in other towns, or drive their car long distances back and forth in order to obtain what is still a legal procedure.

Ultrasound bills and waiting periods aren’t about helping women learn more about their pregnancies or assist them in their decisions.  They’ve thought long and hard and already made their decisions.  They are about making the process as long and as costly as possible as a way of punishing women for not choosing to carry to term as the anti-choice want them to.

Tell Governor Perdue that North Carolina needs to trust women and believe in their decisions, and that women already struggling don’t need further cost or access barriers to obtaining an abortion.  The legislature may again override your veto, but you can still prove that you trust women.

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8:54PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Why do Republicans hate women so much? Almost as much as gays, immigrants, union members, and the environment.

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

2:50PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Right wing politicians are going to states with smaller electorates like North Carolina to set legal precedents that will help them in their larger goal of ending legal safe abortion in the U.S. In such states advertising that reaches every voter is less expensive than, say in California. The majority of Americans share the opinion that women have the right to decide whether they want an abortion or not. If you live in North Carolina, use your vote. The people should decide what becomes a law, not a small group of extremists.

6:14AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

Such nonsense....women should have choices about their bodies.

11:26AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Mike C: I don't ordinarily comment on other peoples comments but felt a need to this time. I understand your point of view and your need to blame women to back your view, however, I disagree with you but you have the right to your views. I do NOT blame men...however, both parties are equally to blame and should both take responsibility. I was not looking at the subject matter in a financial way but a humane way...if I was concerned about the tax issue, I would be more concerned that our taxes are going to finance all these insane wars, the outrageous oil companies and banks who have brought us to OUR knees! If women do not get the health care they need or birth control or needed abortions, the tax payer will be paying long into the future rather than helping ease the situation now.

10:12AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Why don't these legislators leave our human rights alone and work on solving the problems in this country? Lots of kids don't have enough to eat. Schools can't pay teachers. Unemployment is high. Interest rates are killing the middle class. People don't have health care. Old people are in poverty. They should get to making laws that promote the quality of life of Americans and leave abortion decisions between women and their health providers where they belong.

8:26AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Come to Canada eh... Sure we don't always make sense, but common, if you're coming from the US, we're leaps and bounds ahead of you guys when it comes to basic human rights - we prove that time and time again.

It's true, this is well beyond religion. I'm pro-abortion because one minor mistake should not have to result in a child being brought into this world under unfair circumstances. We're punishing the unborn child by bringing him/her into a world where they will not receive everything they should be entitled too - who cares who's fault it is - no one's fault can justify punishing the child.

Beyond that, abortions have indiscriminately had a positive factor on overall social well-being in a number of ways - if only anti-abortionists had much of argument to cling to other than their silly Religulous books, I'm sure they'd have an easier time developing support in areas where the general population is known to have an avg. education beyond elementary school :)

8:20AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

thanks for this article

10:25PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

More nonsense. And the new petition forms are awful.

10:00PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Promoting quality of family life is the purpose of abortion. Are North Carolina women wrong in their judgment? Rarely. Are those opposing the women wrong? Always. David B. Whitney

6:37PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

this is so upsetting

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