“Keep Your Promise, McCrory” tour stop in Wilmington: Speech by Cara Schumann, Leader of the group Students United for Reproductive Justice at UNC-Chapel Hill and Wilmington Native
I’m here as a woman, as a student, leader of the group Students United for Reproductive Justice at UNC, and as a Wilmington Native to ask that Gov. Pat McCrory keep the campaign promise he made in 2012 to veto any bill that imposed abortion restrictions in North Carolina. And that is exactly what House Bill 465 is. It is a blatant attack on our ability to have choice as North Carolina women and our ability to have the futures we work towards by restricting abortion access in our state.
As a student at UNC-Chapel Hill I have been working toward my future for the past two years. And as a woman and a student I know that it is the guarantee of my ability to control my reproductive health that insures that I can have the future I want to. And it is the ability to choose when to have that a child that has allowed many women I know personally, to stay in school and work toward completing their educations rather than have to leave to care of a child they cannot afford.
It is this ability to be able to have choice that this HB 465 is working to take away. A 72-hour waiting period would ask women like me, and my friends, who are students to take three days away from our education and dedicate them to a procedure that shouldn’t take more than one visit.
It is asking the women of North Carolina with children, who are in poverty, who live in rural communities without one of the few abortion clinics we have near it to take away three days from their children, jobs, and communities and adding travel expenses to make an already expensive procedure even more costly. So costly that many women will not be able to afford to have a safe abortion in our state.
This bill is trying to punish those of us who are North Carolina women. I love our state. I love our town. And I feel betrayed that politicians in Raleigh care more about regulating bodies like mine then they do helping my community.
Helping it by perhaps expanding Medicaid and providing the much needed healthcare people need in our state.
Or maybe by restoring funding to education and helping improve our overburdened school system and pay our teachers better than some of the lowest salaries in the entire country.
Or perhaps investing in our public university system, one of the best in the nation, and maintaining our systems affordability.
I demand, we demand, that Gov. Pat McCory keep his promises and veto House Bill 465. That rather than limit the rights of the women of North Carolina he protects our ability to choose. And our ability to have the futures we work for.