Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: August, 2013

GOP Regulators’ War on North Carolina Women claim three clinics since May

The War on North Carolina Women claim three clinics since May

RALEIGH — The War on North Carolina Women has taken a particularly ugly turn since May 1.

Anti-choice regulators who want to murder women shut down three women’s health clinics in three months, including the only one that survived the motorcycle vagina law.

Gov. Pat McCrory, who broke a major promise in signing Senate Bill 353, appointed the regulators.

Paige Johnson, vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, is concerned about the sudden politically-motivated closing of the three clinics. She said they worked well with inspectors in the past.

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina owns several of the clinics in the region. None of them are up to the unconstitutional new codes that Senate Bill 353 calls for.

“Our relationship with the state has always been a partnership ensuring women are safe and cared for respectfully, and not a kind of gotcha,” said Mrs. Johnson. “There’s been a flurry of attention from the governor’s office and DHHS. What about hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, assisted living facilities? What has changed to make the state focus on abortion providers? Is it about politics?”

Yes, it is definitely about politics, Mrs. Johnson. There is a reason that these clinics are closing all of a sudden and none of the reasons I can come up with are legitimate.

The GOP do not want women to get good health care. You should have known that by now.

[WNCN]
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Tragic Women’s History: Simone Montgomery is first female jockey to die during horse race

Simone Montgomery (1986-2013) dies during Darwin Cup event, first woman to die in a horse race

DARWIN, Australia — Tragedy struck during the Darwin Cup.

Simone Montgomerie, 26, died after she fell from her mount, Riahgrand, and was trampled by a half-dozen other horses.

Darwin Turf Club chairman Brett Dixon said Ms. Montgomerie sustained “traumatic injuries” in the home straight.

She was treated by doctors at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Royal Darwin Hospital. She died at the hospital.

“It is with great regret that we were advised by the family that Simone passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital,” Dixon said. “Stewards agreed it was best to abandon the meeting in order to begin an investigation into this tragic event.”

As far as the Darwin Turf Club is concerned, she was our family, and we’re all devastated by this accident.”

Ms. Montgomerie won 27 times in 2012. She is the first female jockey killed while horse racing.

Ms. Montgomerie would have been 27 later this year.

I really hate to say this, but I really do not think that Australian horse racing will ever recover from this. Ms. Montgomerie’s death is the most devastating national tragedy in every word possible.

I had to hold back tears while writing this.

[Huffington Post Sports]
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Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Megan Welter charged with domestic violence for beating up boyfriend

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — The domestic violence culture in sports and the military is making headlines once again.

It is in the NFL, once again.

This time, it is one of the NFL cheerleaders, not a player, that is the abuser in their relationship.

Megan Welter, 29, a former resident of Wilmington, was arrested for criminal domestic violence by the Scottsdale City Police Department on July 20, which was the weekend of her birthday. She served in the Iraq war during the Bush 43 Administration. Video of the incident recorded is below the fold.
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Man shoots girlfriend two times, then calls Catawba County’s law enforcers

Man arrested for shooting girlfriend two times

CLAREMONT, NC — A quinquagenarian is behind bars after he shot his girlfriend two times.

Catawba County Deputies found the woman shot two times inside her residence on Bethany Church Rd on Saturday.

Neighbors say that her injuries are non-life threatening.

Richard Beatty, 56, was arrested by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and attempted murder.

Mr. Beatty will make his first court appearance Monday morning.

[WSOC-HD 9 Eyewitness News]
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Charlotte area’s serial flasher arrested — again

Man arrested for flashing five year old boy, aunt

GASTONIA, NC — A man who has amassed a list of lewd charges that stretch from Gastonia to Chester has been arrested again — on the same charges.

Dea Williams was arrested and charged with of resisting arrest and indecent exposure. The judge raised Mr. Williams’s bond to $200,000 on Friday after learning he violated his probation by removing the ankle bracelet less than two days after leaving jail for his previous conviction last month.

This is the eighth arrest for Mr. Williams in the Charlotte Designated Market Area since 2010 on the charges.

He flashed a woman and her 5-year-old nephew on Thursday.

He was just convicted on July 16 on flashing a woman (not the same victim of this incident) in a church parking lot and for flashing himself inside a non-profit center that helps sexual assault victims, according to prosecutors.

Mr. Williams is due back in court on August 9. Let’s hope they sent him to jail for more than just 10 days this time. Nude is not lewd, but what Mr. Williams has been doing since 2010 most certainly is — as all of the evidence gathered from when this all started clearly show that he was wearing clothes and then pulled the pants down in each one of the incidents, enticing unsuspecting targets.

[WSOC-HD 9 Eyewitness News]
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Abusive Hampton County man convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend

Hampton man convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend

BEAUFORT — A thirty-four year-old abusive Hampton man will now spend a minimum of forty-five years in prison with no chance of parole after he was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend and dumping her lifeless body in a river in Beaufort.

Judge Maite Murphy sentenced Kelvin Jackson, 34, of Hampton, to 45 years in prison without the possibility of parole. That is effectively a life sentence, given the fact that the life expectancy of African-American men is around 71.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Jackson was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend after she informed him of her intentions to leave him for good.

“I’m very pleased with the verdict and pleased for the family,” said Deputy Solicitor Sean Thornton. “Jackson is a very dangerous man, and he deserves every day of the sentence the judge gave him.”

The woman was last seen alive on May 25, 2011 at her Hampton residence along Middle St. She was found five days later, dead at the Broad River in Beaufort by a fisherman.

Mr. Jackson killed the woman in Hampton County, and disposed of her body in Beaufort County.

The trial was moved to Beaufort County.

This is what justice for a domestic violence victim looks like: No parole at all for this violent offender and father of the kids whose mother he slain.

[WSAV-DT News 3]
[The Beaufort Gazette]
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FemCare plans to re-open after politically motivated suspension of business license

FemCare plans to re-open after license was ‘suspended’ for 23 violations

ASHEVILLE — There is a little bit of good news.

FemCare, the only clinic that survived the #motorcyclevagina law, says that they plan to re-open after the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services suspended their business license for 23 violations Wednesday evening.

For now, though, they remain closed after a politically motivated suspension.

Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) said the inspection was politically motivated, telling WMYA MY 40, “On a scale of one to ten, it’s definitely a ten, because we knew and they knew that Femcare was one of the few, if not the only, facility that would be available to women who need this kind of care. And now their license has been pulled.”

Obviously, she knew the same thing I did.

Women’s health and rights activists say that the recently-signed #motorcyclevagina law is not needed as current regulations are already working as is. “At NARAL Pro-Choice NC, we believe everyone should have access to safe, quality reproductive health care,” said the group’s executive director, Suzanne Buckley, in a statement. “The DHHS citations reinforce our position that the current regulations are working and SB 353 is unnecessary, politically motivated. Some have suggested that timing of the citations is suspicious and politically motivated. It certainly deserves further inquiry. Our efforts will continue to be focused on advancing and protecting access to reproductive healthcare for all North Carolinians.”

“I think this is continued evidence that the regulations we already have in place are working,” Melissa Reed, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Health Systems, told the Asheville Citizen Times. “It is absolutely critical that every single clinic meet current regulations, and that any violations are met in a direct and speedy manner.”

[RH Reality Check]
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WAR ON N.C. WOMEN: Department of Health and Human Services ILLEGALLY suspends FemCare’s license

ASHEVILLE — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has illegally suspended the license of FemCare, the only women’s health care provider in the entire state that survived the #motorcyclevagina law.

The NCDHHS claims it found 23 violations from FemCare, all of which are completely bogus on its face, since FemCare never had any kind of problems or disciplinary actions prior to this sham inspection.

This is all a ploy by Pat McCrory and his allies in the radical, fascist, Taliban GOP to completely ban abortion in North Carolina without exceptions, not even to preserve the life of the mother.

In short, McCrory wants to murder as many North Carolina women as possible.

For now, he will get his wish — and the blood of dead women will be oozing from the hands of this wicked, black-hearted governor.

Thankfully, he will face re-election at the same time we pick President Obama’s successor. Women in North Carolina certainly won’t forget about his betrayal or his war on Tar Heel women.

[Jezebel]
[WMYA MY 40]

[Photo of woman livid over the GOP’s War On Women via The Frisky]

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