We rally because it’s not our boss’s business!

March 25, 2014

2:05 AM: I left my UNC apartment and felt discomforted. Upon hearing that I was headed to the ‘Not My Boss’s Business’ rally at the U.S. Supreme Court, my peers nodded, “You’re protesting again, like Moral Mondays but in D.C?” the undecided ache in their voices squeaked. I had to reflect on whom I was doing this for. Me? Them? Those? All?

  • Was this decision for ‘me’? The 18 year old me who was unable to afford Plan B and became pregnant?
  • Was this decision for ‘them’? The striving students who desperately need birth control and protection?
  • Was this decision for ‘those’? The religious right who loophole ‘me’ and ‘them’ with TRAP laws?
  • No, this decision was for all of us. The people of all backgrounds who reserve the right to choose!

 2:30 AM: I stepped onto the bus and felt comforted. My bus buddy Mike and my fellow UNC undergrad Maria smiled. Despite appearing different, we agreed on the need for mobilization. Mike disseminated the BTC Report on economic inequality and Maria blurted out, “I told myself I can’t be afraid of activism.” The bus cheered in solidarity.

8:50 AM: We arrived at Union Station and felt fired up! We trekked through the blizzard to the Supreme Court building and rallied for 2.5 hours. Singing birth control-themed songs about the snow, politics, and direct action kept us warm. Community leaders brought their perspectives to the podium. A sea of parents, millennials, doctors, Latinas, spiritualists, ASL interpreters, reporters, and the like partook in the rally against Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit.

12:15 PM: Our bus gave one last chant to D.C., “The people united will never be defeated!” and departed. As an African American millennial, I felt incredible.

6:45 PM: Three pit-stops later, we arrived in Chapel Hill. With the weight of these court cases on our shoulders, we started a dialogue about choice. Personifying corporations, challenging the Affordable Care Act, and prioritizing religion denies choice.

We must press on until we all feel comforted, fired up, and incredible.

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The author early on the morning of March 25, 2014 standing on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Written by: Park Cannon, Organizing Intern at NARAL Pro-Choice NC.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Adams for Congress

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RALEIGH– Suzanne Buckley, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America announced today that the organization’s political action committee, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, has endorsed Alma Adams in her race for U.S. House of Representatives in NC’s 12th Congressional district.

“Some decisions are easy,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue. “And the decision to endorse Alma Adams for Congress was one of them. Alma has been a true champion for women and our families for decades. We know that she will continue to lead the fight to protect and expand our reproductive rights in Congress, and we’re excited to help her get there.”

“Alma Adams was among the first to stand up and speak out in defense of women’s access to reproductive health care and she’s never wavered in her commitment to reproductive freedom,” said Suzanne Buckley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. “Adams believes in fighting for reproductive justice. While extreme lawmakers were attempting to take our state back in time, Alma was pushing for equal pay, Medicaid expansion, paid family leave, and access to family planning services.”

“I am honored to have the endorsement and support of NARAL. A woman’s right to choose has always been an important issue for me and it always will. The support of this organization will further boost my campaign and help elect me to Congress where I can be an even stronger voice for a woman’s right to choose,” said Adams.

Adams is challenged in the May 6th Democratic primary by six other Democrats.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina have 42,000 member activists in the Tar Heel state.

Oops! N.C. GOP Senate Candidate Thom Tillis Inflates His College Credentials

Oops! N.C. GOP Senate Candidate Thom Tillis Inflates His College Credentials

This just in from Talking Points Memo:

Tillis’ LinkedIn page listed the University of Maryland at College Park as where he got a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology Management, Technology & Project Management. Similarly on Tillis’s biography page on his House Speaker website, Tillis listed the University of Maryland as his alma matter and links to College Park’s website. But according to officials contacted at both the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Maryland University College, Tillis graduated from the University of Maryland at University College. Tillis is also listed as an alumni in the University College alumni magazine (page 71).

 

Your Voice for Choice: NARAL NC Responds to Abortion Clinic Report

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“The documents exposed this week confirm that the laws passed this summer had nothing to do with women’s health and safety – everything to do with restricting access to safe and legal abortion care,” said Suzanne Buckley, executive director of NARAL NC. “To put it simply, Governor McCrory and the extreme lawmakers inRaleigh are playing politics with women’s lives.”

NC GOP Candidates Support Restrictions on Birth Control

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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.”  

Did you see this?! Tillis is at it again.

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.