#NCVotesEarly: Because of that time when the #NCGA spent a lot of your money to mislead women.

Crisis pregnancy centers, or CPCs, are fronts for anti-choice organizations that portray themselves as real reproductive-health clinics. They target vulnerable women, especially those with unintended pregnancies, with deceptive advertising that implies they are full-service women’s health centers. CPCs lie to women about abortion, contraception, and other issues of reproductive and sexual health. They serve up those lies with a healthy dose of shame.day2_early_vote.v.2

On DAY TWO of early voting in North Carolina, it’s worth remembering (and reminding others to remember) that North Carolina’s legislative leadership has doubled-down on CPCs since the last election, pumping hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars into these fronts and using your money to mislead women.

Just this year, after launching their summer “sneak attack” on women’s reproductive rights, the Senate leadership pumped tens of thousands more dollars into anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers.”

While NARAL Pro-Choice NC has, is and will be working to shed light to extreme lawmakers’ attempts to increase state funding for so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” anti-choice leaders (the ones who claim to support women’s health) are pulling out all the stops to shut down the conversation, silencing recent debate on the issue by some of the state’s most seasoned leaders and pro-woman legislative voices, including Rep. Verla Insko and Rep. Alma Adams.

Now, the Triad’s Alma Adams seeks a new, two-year Congressional term starting next year in the seat vacated by long-time U.S. Rep. Mel Watt. She faces socially-conservative radio host Vince Coakley of Charlotte.

Orange County’s Verla Insko faces Republican challenger David Pratt Carter.

Both Insko and Adams deserve your vote this fall.

For more pro-choice candidates, check out our custom NARAL Pro-Choice Voter Guide.

#NCVotesEarly: Because of that time when the #NCGA put anti-woman provisions in a Sharia Law bill.

North Carolina’s 10-day early voting period (Oct. 23-Nov. 1) began in all 100 counties this morning, with long lines of Tar Heel voters taking full advantage of the few one-stop early voting days they have left after the country’s worst voter suppression law slashed the popular civic engagement period by aday1_early_votev.v.2lmost half.

Here at NARAL Pro-Choice NC, we’d like to encourage early voting by providing 10 days of “Remember Whens” designed to remind pro-choice North Carolinians of all that’s happened to women’s, reproductive and voting rights since the last midterm election.

You’ll find these images prominently placed on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest pages for you to like, share, and otherwise use as motivation to spur your (and others’) civic engagement in Election 2014.

DAY ONE is an easy one to remember: “Remember When the Legislature Hastily Inserted Anti-Choice Provisions in to an Anti-Sharia Law Bill?” That’s right, since the last election, a bill restricting abortions popped up in the state Senate without public notice late one night to force clinics to meet expensive license requirements and make it more difficult for doctors to perform the procedures. And that’s just what the News and Observer said.

When the Sharia Law bill was threatened, conservative legislative leaders took action by instead attaching the anti-choice provisions to a motorcycle safety bill.

A motorcycle safety bill.

Fortunately, members of the minority party stood up for women during that dark time for reproductive rights, including Sen. Earline Parmon who told legislators, the restrictions were “about dictating to women about very personal medical decisions that should be left to a woman and her doctor.”

Another pro-choice champ, Sen. Josh Stein, in an inspiring speech from the Senate floor, told fellow lawmakers, “I am opposing this legislation because its intent is to eliminate a woman’s constitutional right.” Watch it here.

While Sen. Parmon of Forsyth County runs unopposed in the 2014 General Election, Sen. Stein of Wake County faces “Molotov Mitchell,” a neo-conservative birther who sports a tattoo of the word “zealot,” and who, among other anti-woman atrocities, made a movie about murdering abortion doctors. Both Parmon and Stein deserve your vote this fall.

For more pro-choice candidates, check out our custom NARAL Pro-Choice Voter Guide.

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Turn Out for What? #ThatsSCARYNC Halloween Eve Twitter Party

Thats scary, Mr. Tillis #thatsSCARYNC

It’s nearly Halloween, the perfect time to remind voters of all of the scary things that have happened in North Carolina politics since the last election (and why it would be scary not to vote in this one!)

Join NARAL Pro-Choice NC on Twitter, on Thursday, October 30, at 7 p.m., and share your scariest recollections at the hashtag: #thatsSCARYnc

And don’t forget follow us today: http://www.twitter.com/NARALNC

Not on Twitter? Share your #thatsSCARYNC posts right here and we’ll share them for you!

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Why It’s Important to Vote

By Allison Rackley, NARAL NC Policy & Legal Fellow

The general election is right around the corner – are you going to vote on November 4th? Of course you are. Why wouldn’t you?

Before you decide not to vote because you’re “too busy,” or because you think your vote “won’t count,” or because you don’t think you’re “informed enough,” think about this:

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Honor the sacrifices of those who have made your vote possible. This year is the 94th year women have had the right to vote. Voting in North Carolina is under attack. Use your right to vote to protect the rights of North Carolinians. Vote for politicians who will protect your right to vote.

Vote for the love of your state and her citizens. I remember what happened in July 2013 – do you? Use your vote to hold North Carolina politicians accountable. Is this the North Carolina you remember? The North Carolina you’re proud to call home? Vote for politicians who will protect the rights of North Carolina women and families.

President Lyndon B. Johnson said, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” This is our opportunity to reclaim North Carolina!

On November 4th VOTE for politicians to represent you in office who represent your needs, beliefs, and concerns. Not voting undermines representative democracy, and robs you of the opportunity to have your voice heard. You can decide – don’t let others decide what is best for you when you have a voice: your vote.

Today’s the last day to register to vote! Not sure how to vote? Check out this website!

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Fact-Check: OTC Birth Control

In last night’s debate between Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis, there was a lot of talk about birth control.  If you were listening closely, you heard something new: Speaker Tillis claimed to support increased access to birth control, and proposed to do this by making some forms of birth control available over-the-counter (OTC).

Don’t be mislead folks.  As our friends at Planned Parenthood Action Fund pointed out, “[o]pponents of women’s health are proposing to move birth control over-the-counter as a part of their larger effort to take away insurance coverage for birth control — forcing women to pay out-of-pocket instead of keeping the coverage they have today.”  The reality is that making some forms of birth control available OTC may increase access for some individuals, but birth control would become more expensive and less affordable for most women and families since most health insurance plans don’t cover OTC products without a prescription.

The lack of affordable contraception is a real problem that we encourage more lawmakers to sincerely address but making some forms of birth control available OTC is not a comprehensive solution.  A national survey from the Center for American Progress showed that in 2012 women with private insurance already paid about 50 percent of the total costs for oral contraceptives, while the typical cost of noncontraceptive drugs is only 33 percent.  The high cost of birth control has real, potentially harmful consequences. The same CAP survey found that the high cost of contraception forced many women to stop or delay using their preferred method of birth control while others were forced to depend on less effective methods because they were most affordable.  With 98% of American women using some form of birth control in their lifetimes, it’s long past due for lawmakers to recognize that birth control is basic and essential health care that should be both affordable and accessible.

 

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Tillis’ Lady Problem

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In a move surprising no one, Speaker Thom Tillis took to the airwaves to accuse Senator Kay Hagan, his opponent in the US Senate race, of being bad at math.  Let that sink in for a minute…

This isn’t the first time Tillis has used thinly-veiled sexism as a political tactic. Just a few months ago, he accused Rep. Susi Hamilton of being “emotional” in response to her strong advocacy for a bill that would protect jobs in her district. Keep it up Tillis! Women remember and women will vote in November!

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Special Delivery: Broken Cookies for Broken Promises

On Thursday, July 24, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina activists delivered broken cookies to the Governor’s Mansion to mark the up-coming one-year anniversary of Governor McCrory’s broken promise not to support restrictions on access to abortion care.  Last July, Governor McCrory signed into law Senate Bill 353, a series of restrictions on reproductive health care.  The next day, the governor delivered cookies to NARAL Pro-Choice NC and other reproductive rights advocates protesting his broken promise outside the Governor’s Mansion. “Governor McCrory broke his promise to North Carolina voters when he signed Senate Bill 353 into law last year, and today we are delivering broken cookies to remind him of his broken promise,” said NARAL Pro-Choice NC Executive Director Suzanne Buckley.

Watch our special delivery below: