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February 4, 2014
DURHAM – A recent report by the Raleigh News and Observer highlights the divide among candidates for US Senate over abortion. But what you might have missed is that the report reveals that all of the GOP primary candidates support restrictions on contraception coverage.
“The GOP candidates for the US Senate in North Carolina are dangerously out of touch with most North Carolinians,” said Suzanne Buckley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. “99% of women have used birth control at some point in their lives. Birth control is part of basic healthcare for women. Not supporting access to contraceptives is an extreme position,” said Buckley.
“The reality is that we all benefit from birth control coverage. Increasing access to contraceptives results in fewer unintended pregnancies healthier families, and gives women more control over their futures. If you’re interested in advancing women’s health, you should be working to increase access to contraceptives, not trying to restrict it,” she said.
“North Carolinians deserve better than a slate of candidates that want to take our state back in time,” Buckley added.
House Speaker Thom Tillis’ opposition to contraception isn’t new. In 2011, he lead the charge to defund Planned Parenthood in North Carolina and in 2013, he spearheaded a bill in the NCGA that would allow employers to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees for any reason. According to Mother Jones, candidate Dr. Greg Brannon runs a “pro-life OB-GYN practice – meaning he doesn’t advise women on contraception.”
I disagree w/ Gov’s position on Woman’s Right to Know. It’s an important law that saves lives & the ruling should be appealed #ncpol
— Thom Tillis (@thomtillis) January 26, 2014
Yesterday, Rep. Thom Tillis leader of the extreme lawmakers at the NCGA broke rank with the Governor and dismissed the concerns raised the federal district court court to demand an appeal on last week’s the mandatory ultrasound ruling. This law is an extreme governmental intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship. Even anti-choice Gov. McCrory–who already broke his campaign promise not to impose restrictions on abortion access–appears to agree that politicians should not be making these personal and private reproductive health care decisions for women. Tillis has a long and dismal record of supporting harmful legislation that put’s women’s lives and health at risk. He lead the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood in 2011 and supported SB 353, an anti-choice wish list of restrictions on access to abortion care.
North Carolinians deserve better.
We’re delighted to join NARAL Pro-Choice America in honoring Rep. Alma Adams! Rep. Adams has spent nearly three decades fighting for women and families and, she helped lead the fight against the now-infamous “motorcycle safety” anti-abortion bill which the legislature rushed through at the last minute to bypass any opposition from pro-choice elected officials.
Rep. Adams had this to say about the bill she tried to stop:
“It’s about politics. It’s not about women’s health. It’s not about safety. . . As a woman, I am personally insulted by the maneuvers around getting this bill to the floor. We’ve made a mockery of women’s health and safety.”
State lawmakers like Rep. Adams truly represent the pro-choice majority, and they champion women’s reproductive rights in states like North Carolina that may need them the most.
Today is the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In commemoration of this historic ruling, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina’s Executive Director, Suzanne Buckley, released the following statement:
This landmark decision by the US Supreme Court changed the lives of women and families across our nation forty-one years ago today by making abortion care in the United States safe and legal. Despite the attempts by anti-choice extremists to chip away at these rights, the majority of North Carolinians share our belief that every individual should have the freedom to decide when, how, and with whom to have a family without interference by the government.
Today, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina stands with thousands of our supporters across the state in committing ourselves to protecting and advancing reproductive rights in 2014. We will continue to fight for medically accurate sex education, to stop the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers, to expand Medicaid, and to guarantee that all women in NC have access to safe and legal abortion care. Together, we will build on the momentum from Moral Mondays, outside the Governor’s mansion and in cities and towns across the state as women and families came together to stand up to attacks on health care and women’s rights. This past summer, we turned out in record numbers to stand up for our values against underhanded attempts to sneak through bad legislation. The groundswell of activism we witnessed this summer confirms what we already know—that North Carolinians will not stand idly by as extreme lawmakers try to take away the rights our mothers and grandmothers fought for over forty-one years ago today.
Join the NC NAACP, NARAL Pro-Choice NC and thousands from across the state for the #MoralMarch on February 8, 2014. For more info, visit hkonj.com and pledge your support at https://www.facebook.com/events/577895312291914/?source=1
Details from the NC NAACP: We will gather at Shaw University on South St. between Wilmington St. and Blount St. at 9:30 AM in downtown Raleigh. The march to Jones Street will begin at 10:30 AM after which we will begin the mass people’s assembly on the doorstep of the People’s House, the NC General Assembly. http://ow.ly/i/4gCpE