NARAL Pro-Choice NC Celebrates 45 Years of Roe v. Wade!

by Caitlin Oliver, NARAL Pro-Choice NC Bachelor Of Social Work intern

Barely one week after the 45th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, Senate Republicans tried and failed, yet again, to pass a nationwide 20-week abortion ban.  This recent intensified attack on an individual’s bodily autonomy is yet another reminder of the importance of remembering what abortions were like before Roe v. Wade.

On January 23, 2018, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina celebrated the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade at The Pinhook with a screening of videos of different abortion stories that featured various women who had abortions before and/or after Roe v. WadeThe PinhookAdditionally, there was a panel discussion with NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina’s Executive Director, Tara Romano, and its Advocacy and Organizing Manager, Lynne Walter.

The abortion stories, produced by Moyers & Company, served as needed reminders of past and present barriers to comprehensive reproductive health care.  For example, one woman spoke of having to leave her home state of Texas in order to receive abortion care because of recent TRAP laws that had closed many Texas clinics.  All of the women in the videos expressed fear that the U.S. will one day return to a time in which abortion is no longer safe and legal.

Since Roe v. Wade, there have been many local, state, and national efforts to restrict abortion.  The January 29th, 2018, vote on a 20-week ban is just one of the latest attempts.  Another example is the federal Hyde Amendment, which was first passed by Congress on September 30, 1976, and impedes access to reproductive health care by blocking insurance providers, like Medicaid, from covering abortions.  In North Carolina, the Hyde Amendment has been used to justify denying insurance coverage of abortion for many North Carolinians, including teachers, members of the military, veterans, Peace Corps volunteers, Native Americans that utilize the Indian Health Service, people who are incarcerated in federal prisons, North Carolinians who have their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and all federal, state, county, and city employees in North Carolina.

The Hyde Amendment disproportionately restricts access to abortion for people of lower income, people of color, young people, immigrants and those who are undocumented, and transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals.  Ultimately, this threat to comprehensive reproductive health care highlights the reality that economic justice, racial justice, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ+ equality are all key aspects of reproductive justice, as well as vital components of the overall health of the Durham community.

At the end of the event, participants were encouraged to take action against efforts to restrict abortion access in their local communities!Screen Shot 2018-02-05 at 2.47.39 PM

What the Texas Decision Means for North Carolina Women


November 1, 2013

It’s Time to Put Women’s Health First

Durham, North Carolina.  Last night, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted anti-choice Texas attorney general Greg Abbott’s request that will allow Texas’ new admitting privileges requirement to go into effect immediately.  Local abortion providers estimate that the law will close up to 15 women’s health centers. As a result, many women will be denied access to a wide range of reproductive health care, including preventive services like cancer screenings and prenatal care.

This decision comes as North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sets out to create new restrictions on women’s health centers in North Carolina that may include admitting privileges like the ones in Texas.  A new law passed this summer tasks DHHS with creating new guidelines for women’s health centers that offer abortion care.  “We are calling on officials at DHHS to let women’s health–not political ideology–guide the rule-making process, ” said Suzanne Buckley, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice NC.  “If Governor McCrory’s administration decides to put politics over safe, legal, and accessible health care, the consequences for North Carolina women will be devastating. Because of their political agenda, thousands of women and families could lose access to safe and affordable preventative care,” she added.


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