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Open Letter to Gov McCrory

An Open Letter to Governor McCrory from Local Elected Officials
Opposed to Sweeping Restrictions on Women’s Health
July 25, 2013
The Honorable Pat McCrory
Office of the Governor
State of North Carolina
Dear Governor McCrory,
As municipal and county elected officials, we write to oppose SB353, the omnibus abortion bill titled Health and Safety Law Changes.
SB 353 is not only an intrusion into the deeply personal and private health care decisions North Carolina women and their families face, but also an intrusion into the affairs of local governments who want to ensure that health plans offered to their employees, to the extent possible, cover their health care needs.
Today the majority of comprehensive health plans cover abortion. SB 353 would strip current city and county employees of comprehensive health coverage while permanently banning local-decision makers from choosing a health care plan that includes a legal medical procedure.
Moreover, the legislature’s overreaching intent to pick and choose what healthcare procedures a city or county is able to include in their health plans greatly limits our ability as local decision-makers to negotiate for benefits with our private health insurers. Health care plans are chosen as a package not by individual procedure. As a result, SB 353 will diminish local governments’ ability to remain competitive in the marketplace against the private sector for top talent as it reduces the health benefit package we are able to offer to potential employees.
Women expect their health insurance to meet their health care needs and they deserve coverage that cares for their wellbeing. This is why North Carolinians have made clear time and again that they reject this sweeping effort to curtail a woman’s ability to access safe and legal health care.
SB 353, currently under consideration by the NC Senate, unfairly targets women’s access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and limits the healthcare coverage municipalities and counties are able to offer their employees.
We the undersigned respectfully ask that you veto SB 353 if passed by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Chris Pelly, Asheville City Council
Gordon Smith, Asheville City Council
Cecil Bothwell, Asheville City Council
Andy Ball, Boone Town Council
David Gantt, Chair, Buncombe County Commission
Holly Jones, Buncombe County Commissioner
Brownie Newman, Buncombe County Commissioner
Mayor Mark Chilton, Carrboro
Randee Haven-O'Donnell, Carrboro Board of Aldermen
Damon Seils, Carrboro Board of Aldermen
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill
Mayor Pro Tem Ed Harrison, Chapel Hill
Lee Storrow, Chapel Hill Town Council
James Ward, Chapel Hill Town Council
Laurin Easthom, Chapel Hill Town Council
Donna Bell, Chapel Hill Town Council  
Sally Greene, Chapel Hill Town Council 
John Autry, Charlotte City Council
David Howard, Charlotte City Council
Beth Pickering Charlotte City Council
LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte City Council
Dr. Jeannette Council, Cumberland County Commissioner
Charles Evans, Cumberland County Commissioner
Billy R. King, Cumberland County Commissioner
Mayor Bill Bell, Durham
Don Moffitt, Durham City Council
Diane Catotti, Durham City Council
Eugene Brown, Durham City Council
Steve Schewel, Durham City Council 
Ellen Reckhow, Durham County Commissioner
Wendy Jacobs, Durham County Commissioner
Keith Bates, Sr., Fayetteville City Council
William J.L. Crisp, Fayetteville City Council
Robert A. Massey, Fayetteville City Council
Eric Hallman, Hillsborough Mayor Pro Tem
Trevor M. Fuller, Mecklenburg County Commissioner
Mayor Jackie Holcombe, Morrisville
Penny Rich, Orange County Commissioner
Barry Jacobs, Orange County Commissioner
Renee Price, Orange County Commissioner
Alice Gordon, Orange County Commissioner
Bernadette Pelissier, Orange County Commissioner
Mary-Ann Baldwin, Raleigh City Council
Mayor Chris Rey, Spring Lake
Laura Padgett, Wilmington City Council
Dan Besse, Winston-Salem City Council
Molly Leight, Winston-Salem City Council

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