The Truth Revealed: North Carolina’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation issued a report on its yearlong undercover investigation of CPCs in North Carolina.

Read the report here.

The Sunday News and Observer article on the report is here.

This report has been getting coverage all over the country, see those articles here.

“Choose Life” License Plate Update

Remember a couple months back when North Carolina passed a number of new vanity license plate options which specifically included a “Choose Life” plate and specifically did not include a “Respect Choice” or “Trust Women” alternative?

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) hasn’t forgotten.  They have filed a lawsuit against the state for its “discriminatory license plate scheme.”  They are arguing that not including a pro-choice alternative to the vanity plate selection is a violation of the First Amendment rights of North Carolinians.  Amendments to add a pro-choice alternative failed six times total in both the House and Senate, despite some of the anti-choice politicians justifying their position in favor of “Choose Life” with their own First Amendment rights.  This is the heart of the case.  According to the ACLU, the state is practicing unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by purposefully allowing an anti-choice vanity plate and prohibiting a pro-choice alternative.  They are also demanded as part of their lawsuit that the state stop developing the “Choose Life” plates.

If you’ll remember, proceeds from the “Choose Life” plates will go to the  Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, an umbrella organization of 60 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) here in North Carolina. CPCs often use deceptive or coercive tactics to pursuade women facing unintended pregnancies to carry these pregnancies to term  The proposed pro-choice plate would have sent proceeds to Planned Parenthood.

Anti-Choice “Choose Life” License Plates pass in NC House.

By Claire, Communications Intern

Yesterday evening, the anti-choice faction in the North Carolina House passed 70-44 a resolution to allow “Choose Life” vanity license plates with proceeds going to various crisis pregnancy centers.

An amendment to allow Pro-Choice vanity plates with proceeds going to pro-choice organizations was introduced by Rep. Gillespie.  Unfortunately it failed to pass despite statements made by anti-choice representatives about the issue of free speech and viewpoint discrimination.

Many thanks to the Representatives who stood firm against anti-choice rhetoric during this debate.

The resolution still needs to pass the state Senate.

Call your Senators  today.

See our twitter NARALNC for a play-by-play of what went on, on the floor last night and tonight.

Tell your Legislator to Oppose “Choose Life” License Plates

Tell your legislator to oppose \”Choose Life\” license plates

Let your representative know that you want her/him to oppose H.B. 289, which includes a provision that would create “Choose Life” license plates. This legislation would create a variety of specialty license plates in North Carolina and includes those that convey this anti-choice message.

Even worse? All funds collected from the sale of these plates would be funneled by the state to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs), which exist to dissuade women from having abortions, often through misinformation and deceptive practices.

Click on the link above to take action.