Christian Sharia comes to North Carolina!
RALEIGH — Obviously, an anti-Islamic sharia law proposal has now become a proposal to impose Christian Sharia on North Carolina’s women.
The additions to what was purely a bill confronting Middle East law now include:
A bill that would close down all but ONE women’s health clinic in the entire state. Keep in mind, it takes 23 hours 59 minutes round trip to get from one extreme end of the state to the other, or 1,234 miles (617 miles one way).
Women in major cities such as Greensboro, Asheboro, Winston-Salem and Asheville would have NO women’s health clinics to go to under this new combined proposal.
An overwhelming majority of the public who would have supported the measure confronting Middle East law have now turned their backs against the bill after the anti-choice measures were sneaked into it.
In one fell swoop, the GOP turned a widely popular bill into one of the most unpopular measures ever introduced in a North Carolina state legislature.
“It seems to me that they’re trying to pass under cover of darkness legislation that would not otherwise be passed,” NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina executive director Suzanne Buckley said. “They’re trying to pull a Texas.”
Senator Martin Nesbitt, of the aforementioned Asheville, caught the GOP red-handed sneaking the misogynistic proposal into the anti-Sharia bill. Watch the video, with transcript below that, and Sen. Joshua Stein’s video:
Members of the Senate, you’ve heard this in several statements tonight, but I feel like we’ve got to repeat it, and we’ve got to understand it easier: We’re treating this place as if it’s ours, to do with as we please. The fifty of us. Actually, I the thirty-three of you. And that all that matters is whether you prevail in here.
Those rules were put in place not so you could suspend them and beat us; you can beat us every day, all day—we don’t have enough votes. They were put on there because there’s a process out here where the public gets to see what we’re doing. You put a committee substitute online the night before so the public can get it. They can get it, we can get it; everybody has a chance to look at it.
Now we’re in here debating a bill that’s going to affect better than half our population, directly, and the rest of them indirectly. They haven’t had a chance to look at any of this. And I heard in the committee, and I’ve heard on this floor—well, I was told it’s my thinking. The bill was intended. This bill’s not had any scrutiny and we don’t know what it does. We’ve kind of got an idea. Y’all got an idea, and I got an idea. I’m going to give you a couple of my ideas here in a minute. But the most important thing is we got a state full of people out there that don’t even know we’re down here doing it.
And let me tell you what I think you’re doing to them. I think the provision having to do with ambulatory care centers is going to do away with health care as we know it for women who need help. And there are going to be more of them, not less of them. When you force these things into ambulatory surgical center, Planned Parenthood has four centers in the state—none of them comply. Out of business. Nobody told us that in committee. I scurried around and got that information myself.
That crowd that is going to descend on you when you get back down here is going to know it. It is a frontal attack on these facilities that offer women’s health care to women—things they need, mammograms, et cetera.
You are eliminating abortion coverage for people who may be anti-abortion but may need one later in life. Now the way I understand the way the exchanges were set up, no you can’t use government money for that procedure. But they were going to provide something for women to purchase separately, with their own money. You’re trying to cut that off, to where no woman will have abortion coverage.
What happens if her life is in danger? What happens if she’s a victim of rape and incest? What happens if it’s your daughter, or your granddaughter, and they need help? And your policy that you have doesn’t cover abortion. Alright, everybody in here can pay for it. That ain’t no problem. Well everybody out there can’t pay for it, and you have health insurance for a reason—and it’s to cover all these contingencies.
Not only are we saying that to people who might be in our health exchange, we’re saying to local governments and you can’t do it either.
Now, you all watch the news just like I do. I don’t how much you watched about Texas. We’re sitting in here tonight, and you’re going to win this debate and feel really good about yourselves, because you—all you big grown-up gray-haired men—have beat three women. I want to see what you do with about ten thousand of them, ’cause they’re coming. They’re coming. They’re not going to put up with you doing to this to them in the dark of the night, in the middle of a holiday week—
[Interjection: Mr. President, can you please tell me what time it is and is the sun still out?]
It’s eight o’clock at night, on Tuesday night. We’re back in session on a bill that wasn’t even on the calendar at six o’clock.
[Interjection: Mr. President, I want to object to third reading right now, so we can talk tomorrow, more, when the sun is out.]
I think that would be a wonderful idea when the time comes. And then by tomorrow some people in the public will know about this bill and be able to tell us what it does.
I don’t know how much more I can say. I can tell you this: You cannot keep doing this to the general public of this state. You got people already marching on this place, and that’s over how we’ve been behaving. And you start dragging up a committee meeting, no notice to the public, go down there and do a bill that disenfranchises women to this extent—and they’re not included in the debate, there’s nobody there from their side to even speak for them—and bring the bill up here; and I’m sorry if I’ve hurt your feelings. I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings, I meant tell the truth on this stuff, because this is bad, bad business, and this is not our place to abuse. This place deserves more respect than to do this kind of thing to the people.
Emphasis mine, in bold. Sen. Nesbitt is right. They are coming. By the tens of thousands. From every one of North Carolina’s 100 counties. They’re coming from Mecklenburg County, they’re coming from Stanly County, they’re coming from New Hanover County, they’re coming from Craven County and they’re coming from Randolph County. And they are coming at 9am EDT. The women are coming and they are coming with a vengeance and rage because the GOP decided to wage a war on women, and hoped that no one would notice.
The North Carolina GOP, much like their allies in Washington, has been lying about its motives since they grabbed the majority in Raleigh. They promised to add jobs to the state, not add to the job losses count. And they most certainly did not mention anything about waging a war on women, which is exactly what they are doing right now.
All of this have now made its way to New York City, where Cosmopolitan is headquartered. They strongly urged the women of Texas to go on a sex strike. I’m urging women in Ramseur, Asheboro and the rest of the Tar Heel State to do the same (contact me if you need any porn or naked men to ogle over, North Carolina ladies):
A feminist HuffPo contributor named Vivian Norris is urging them to stop having sex with their partners until the state’s men stop attacking women’s reproductive rights. And yeah, they still are — even though the late-term abortion ban is temporarily dead, it still got the support of 62 percent of Texas residents. Call it conscientious blue-ball activism:
Norris writes: “Don’t give in if your man, boyfriend, husband, toyboy is not voting for your best interests, your reproductive health – do not sleep with that man! I don’t care how cute or charming he is! I don’t care if he is your husband of many years. Resist! Go swimming! Meditate! Do not make him dinner, do not go fetch him a cold beer from the fridge, do not iron that shirt, hell, do not change that diaper … do not make his life a little nicer this summer if he does not ‘get it’ and learn to respect women!”
Norris herself could be taking a cue from Aristophanes, of all people — in 411 BC, he wrote Lysistrata, a play about Grecian women withholding from their men until they were willing to end the Peloponnesian War. Looks like sex strikes are pretty damn efficient. (The more you know, y’all.)
Norris also suggests volunteering for senators like Wendy Davis or protesting with the #FeministArmy outside the Texas Capitol building in Austin as an alternative to getting it in. May not end in an orgasm, alas, but you’ll feel just as satisfied, if not more, right?
Ladies, it is time for you to fight the far right radicals in ALL 50 states. The GOP Tea Party radicals in the liberal states like New York and California are every bit like the GOP Tea Party radicals in traditionally conservative states like Texas, Ohio and North Carolina. They are all the same — don’t be fooled by the isolated political figure condemning their own (read: conservatives’) war on women!