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 almost 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.
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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.