Put Women's Health First!
Friday, December 19
Dorothea Dix Campus
Brown Building, Room 104
801 Biggs Drive, Raleigh, NC.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services has proposed new regulations on abortion providers. The Department has included the input of women's healthcare providers throughout the rulemaking process, and we need to stay vigilant and make sure that any new regulations put women's health FIRST.
That's why Planned Parenthood in NC, NARAL Pro-Choice NC, ACLU-NC, NC Women United, NC NOW, NC Women Matter and Progress NC need you to join us.
One of our organizers will be in touch with you soon with additional details! Sign Up Here
DHHS releases proposed abortion clinic rules
Dec. 1, 2014 By Laura Leslie WRAL
North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released its proposal for tighter rules for abortion clinics...
DHHS has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for Dec. 19. The agency will accept public comments on the draft rule until Jan. 30, 2015. After that, if it's officially approved by the agency, it goes to the state Rules Review Commission. If it wins approval there, it would take effect April 1, 2015. However, under the state's rule-making statute, state lawmakers have the power to rewrite the rule themselves if 10 people submit objections in writing. “We believe it’s critical that this rule-making process not be politicized by the same political interests and lawmakers that sought to eliminate access to abortion care in the first place,” said NARAL Pro-Choice NC director Suzanne Buckley. read article
Health Care in North Carolina
Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
Janet Hoy, Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties, will provide an update on the Affordable Care Act and on efforts to expand Medicaid in North Carolina. Marci White, Executive Director, Mental Health America of the Triangle, will discuss the status of mental health care in North Carolina and the potential impact of Medicaid expansion. The program is part of the League's statewide initiative to educate the community about the fiscal realities of Medicaid expansion and to encourage the State Legislature to reconsider expanding Medicaid in North Carolina. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Parking is available.
Democracy North Carolina Report:
Wake-Up Call: Up to 50,000 NC Voters Silenced by
New Rules, Confusion, Poor Preparation at the Polls
November 25, 2014
New voting restrictions and unprepared poll workers kept as many as 50,000 North Carolinians from voting in this fall’s general election, according to an analysis by the elections watchdog group Democracy North Carolina. ... there is mounting evidence that a shorter early voting period, confusion caused by new election rules, and strong turnout pushed many Election Day polling sites to the breaking point. Democracy North Carolina analyzed 500 reports from poll monitors in 38 counties and 1,400 calls to a voter assistance hotline. It found that voters stood in “excessively long lines” on
Election Day in more than a dozen counties, some for up to three hours. Many simply left. read report
The Colbert Report
December 8, 2014 - Barack Obama
(the President first appears at minute 6:30)
If it's raising the minimum wage for hard-working Americans or fixing our broken immigration system that fires you up, I need you to stand up for it. If it's gun violence prevention, speak out. If it's marriage equality, or women's rights, or getting serious about fighting climate change, your voice is needed like never before.This work has never mattered more. It's up to this grassroots movement to finish what we started--add your name today and say you're on board.
10 Reasons Why I’m Thankful Barack Obama is Our President
November 27, 2014 By Allen Clifton Forward Progressives
I’ve made it no secret that I simply don’t understand why so many people have such negative feelings toward President Obama... I usually attribute it to three things:
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Obama’s huge new immigration plan, explained
by Dara Lind on November 21, 2014 VOX
FIXING THE SYSTEM
President Obama is Taking Action on Immigration
America’s immigration system is broken. The President is taking executive action to fix what he can to help build a system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. watch video
Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote
November 18, 2014 BILL CHAPPELL NPR
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday. An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the bill; subsequent calls for senators' votes failed to net the 60 votes needed for passage... final tally was 59-41.
The vote came after President Obama stopped short of saying he would veto the bill, but he encouraged Congress not to take action before a long-awaited State Department review of the project is fully complete...
Several Democrats spoke against the Keystone extension during a floor debate before this afternoon's vote. "We're going to see higher gas prices because of this," said Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer ... read article
Read everything you need to know about Ted Cruz and Net Neutrality here
Defiant Obama spoiling for a fight
(with interview of Robert Reich)
ALL IN 11/14/14 MSNBC
Dispite a midterm drubbing for his party, President Obama is pushing his Democratic agenda harder than ever. watch video
The US and China Just Announced a Huge Deal on Climate—and It's a Game Changer
The surprise agreement aims to double the pace of carbon pollution reduction in the United States.
By Tim McDonnell and James West
Tue Nov. 11, 2014 Mother Jones
In a surprise announcement Tuesday night, the world's two biggest economies and greenhouse gas emitters, United States and China, said they will partner closely on a broad-ranging package of plans to fight climate change, including new targets to reduce carbon pollution, according to a statement from the White House. The announcement comes after President Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping today in Beijing, and includes headline-grabbing commitments from both countries that are sure to breathe new life into negotiations to reach a new climate treaty in Paris next year.
According to the plan, the United States will reduce carbon emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, nearly twice the existing target—without imposing new restrictions on power plants or vehicles. Tuesday's announcement is equally remarkable for China's commitment. For the first time, China has set a date at which it expects its emissions will "peak," or finally begin to taper downward: around 2030. China is currently the world's biggest emitter of carbon pollution, largely because of its coal-dependent economy, and reining in emissions while continuing to grow has been the paramount challenge for China's leaders. The White House said in a statement that China could reach the target even sooner than 2030. It "expects that China will succeed in peaking its emissions before 2030 based on its broad economic reform program, plans to address air pollution, and implementation of President Xi's call for an energy revolution." read article
Pregnant, and No Civil Rights
By LYNN M. PALTROW and JEANNE FLAVIN
NOV. 7, 2014
With the success of Republicans in the midterm elections and the passage of Tennessee’s anti-abortion amendment, we can expect ongoing efforts to ban abortion and advance the “personhood” rights of fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses. But it is not just those who support abortion rights who have reason to worry. Anti-abortion measures pose a risk to all pregnant women, including those who want to be pregnant. Such laws are increasingly being used as the basis for arresting women who have no intention of ending a pregnancy and for preventing women from making their own decisions about how they will give birth.
...These are not isolated or rare cases. Last year, we published a peer-reviewed study
documenting 413 arrests or equivalent actions depriving pregnant women of their physical liberty ... Since 2005, we have identified an additional 380 cases, with more arrests occurring every week. This significant increase coincides with what the Guttmacher Institute describes as a “seismic shift” in the number of states with laws hostile to abortion rights.
The principle at the heart of contemporary efforts to end legal abortion is that fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses are persons or at least have separate rights that must be protected by the state...Many of the pregnant women subjected to this mistreatment are themselves profoundly opposed to abortion...
If we want to end these unjust and inhumane arrests and forced interventions on pregnant women, we need to stop focusing only on the abortion issue and start working to protect the personhood of pregnant women. We should be able to work across the spectrum of opinion about abortion to unite in the defense of one basic principle: that at no point in her pregnancy should a woman lose her civil and human rights. read article
New York Times:
Law in the Raw
NOV. 12, 2014
Nearly a week has gone by since the Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to enlist in the latest effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, and the shock remains unabated...
There was no urgency. There was no crisis of governance, not even a potential one. There is, rather, a politically manufactured argument over how to interpret several sections of the Affordable Care Act that admittedly fit awkwardly together in defining how the tax credits are supposed to work for people who buy their health insurance on the exchanges set up under the law. Further, the case the court agreed to decide, King v. Burwell, doesn’t fit the normal criterion for Supreme Court review. read column
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