Pat McCrory breaks a major campaign promise

by jovan1984

McCrory breaks a major promise, vows to sign extremely unconstitutional abortion ban

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has broken a major campaign promise.

During a debate in October 2012, he vowed that he would not sign any abortion bans.

On Friday, though, he said that he would sign Senate Bill 353 and that have the women of the state, including women of Asheboro and Ramseur, revved up in intense anger at this betrayal.

Here is the statement from the Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund, from Friday:

This afternoon (Friday), North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said he would go back on his promise to North Carolina women not to further restrict their access to health care when he announced he would sign a laundry-list of new restrictions that if enacted could cause women to lose access to a safe and legal procedure. When announcing this staggering change of position, Governor McCrory also revealed that he does not fully understand the provisions of this legislation, which were only revealed to the public Wednesday after they were snuck into an unrelated bill that was passed to enhance motorcycle safety.

“Gov. McCrory is wrong — and worse, he’s not listening to his constituents,” said Melissa Reed, Vice President of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Health Systems. “Thousands of North Carolinians have descended on Raleigh to make their voices heard – telling their legislators and the Governor that they would not stand for legislation that would hurt women and could dramatically restrict access to safe, legal abortion—and we’re not going anywhere. We’re still fighting for North Carolina women.”

Over the past two weeks, thousands of North Carolinians have rallied at the Capitol, called their legislators and organized on social media to send a clear, powerful, unmistakable message last week that women don’t want politicians to meddle in our personal medical decisions.

Yesterday (Thursday), a Kaori Sueyoshi, a student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spoke at a rally for women’s health in Washington, D.C. She said, “North Carolina bore and raised me. But it doesn’t feel very welcoming anymore. Our state legislature has been spinning back the clock, stripping decades and decades of protections – for people of color, for poor people, for children, for women, for all of our communities. And like so many of my friends, I am appalled at how far these politicians will go to cut off women’s access to abortion and other basic, preventive health care. Let’s face it, we’re the ones who’ll suffer from the policies these politicians are trying to enact.”

On Monday, as thousands of North Carolinians gathered at the North Carolina General Assembly to oppose extreme attacks on North Carolina women and their families, Janet Colm, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina president and CEO, was among the women’s health supporters arrested after participating in a peaceful demonstration of civil disobedience. In a piece on the Huffington Post, she writes, “This past weekend — as the nation celebrated Independence Day — I decided, enough is enough. It’s not just that our legislature is turning its back on the history and people of our state. It’s not just that they are playing with women’s lives, although that’s good enough reason to take a stand. I want these politicians to see that with every attack, they are creating a fierce and ever stronger opposition. We’re making it impossible for politicians to ignore us, no matter how hard they try.”

After several anti-women’s health bills failed to advance in the legislature, HB 695, a bill unrelated to women’s health, was drastically amended last week to include every single abortion restriction introduced in the 2013 legislative session – and even new ones that were not considered before. These include targeted restrictions of abortion providers that, if implemented, could dramatically restrict the number of health centers that provide abortion in North Carolina. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures for women and already one of the most heavily regulated. Planned Parenthood carefully follows all current rigorous safety guidelines.

In another attempt to further confuse the public, the House Judiciary Committee gutted another unrelated bill, SB 353 formerly dealing with motorcycle safety, and inserted provisions from HB 695 into it Wednesday morning. SB 353 passed the House 74-41. It moves to the Senate for a concurrence vote and, if approved, to the Governor’s desk.

“The bill passed by the North Carolina House yesterday differs little from the sneak attack passed by the Senate last week,” pointed out Paige Johnson, Vice President of External and Governmental Affairs. “The primary difference is that the House version punts women’s health into a political arena, giving McCrory’s political appointee full authority to impose restrictions on providers of safe and legal abortion. Voters trusted McCrory when he said he wouldn’t restrict women’s access to health care. He should keep his campaign promise and veto this sweeping attack on women’s access to healthcare.”

Additional Background:

• SB 353 would strip city and county employees of abortion coverage in their health plans even in medical situations that jeopardize a woman’s health or cases of severe fetal anomalies. Ninety percent of health insurance plans currently offer such coverage.
• SB 353 would deny abortion coverage to women and their families who buy health insurance through North Carolina’s health care exchange even when they use their own money to purchase their plan.
• SB 353 would turn doctors into investigators and women into suspects by forcing physicians to interrogate women about their motives for obtaining an abortion to determine whether their reasons are related to sex preference. This is in spite of the fact that the vast majority of abortions occur before the sex of a fetus can even be determined. Penalties for doctors include fines of up to $100,000 and could have a chilling effect on access to safe and legal abortion .
• SB 353 would severely restrict access to safe and legal abortion by imposing burdensome, costly and medically unnecessary requirements on facilities and doctors who provide abortion care. The new version gives the Dept. of Health and Human Services the ability to impose ANY of the ambulatory surgical standards.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund went up with radio ads opposing these attacks on North Carolina women.

A final vote on Senate Bill 353 is expected sometime before Tuesday, July 16.

Moral Monday will happen again on this Monday, July 15.

Women should remember this on November 8, 2016! The promise he broke on Friday is not minor!


Texas bans women and tampons from state House, passes complete ban on abortion

AUSTIN — Texas has waged its war on women, doing it in a manner that the Afghan Taliban would envy.

Prior to passing House Bill 2 by a 19-11 party-line vote count, the Texas State Senate, under the direct orders of Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst, banned women and tampons from the gallery until Kirk Watson stepped in and ordered the Dewhurst-imposed bans to stop.

The lawsuits against this bill will commence on Tuesday or whenever Gov. Rick Perry signs this bill, whichever is later.

The ACLU sent this response to RH Reality Check:

“At this time I cannot speak to the legality of DPS officials confiscating women’s tampons. What is clear, however, is that with the impending passage of this legislation, we are witnessing an abuse of power aimed at half of the Texas population. Women—republicans, democrats, greens, and libertarians—will not forget when they go to the voting booth. We already know that a majority of Texans don’t want politicians interfering with a woman’s profoundly personal medical decisions. Texas politicians are finding that out first-hand at the Capitol tonight.”

The US Senate is also considering options to forcefully remove racist (and misogynist) judge Edith Jones from the bench for remarks she made last month. She is the biggest player in the most judicially activist court on the land, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The women of Texas need not to forget this charade or any other of the brutal Taliban-style tactics that Dewhurst and Company pulled for a long time.

[RH Reality Check article on Tampon ban]
[RH Reality Check article about Edith Jones]
[Texas Tribune article on House Bill 2]