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Planned Parenthood Urges McCrory to Keep his Promise to NC Women

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Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina

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January 30, 2014

RALEIGH, NC – Governor McCrory made a campaign promise North Carolina lawmakers are making hard for him to keep. On Friday he announced that he will sign into law sweeping anti-woman’s health legislation that will dramatically restrict access to safe and legal abortion in the state. To amplify public disapproval and outrage, Planned Parenthood in North Carolina and allies are holding a “stand with women” veto vigil beginning at 10:00 am on Monday July 29 and Tuesday July 30 outside the Governor’s mansion.
 
You can learn more about the “Stand with Women” veto vigil here.
 
“Clearly, Gov. McCrory is walking a tightrope between the extremists running our state legislature and the campaign promise he made to North Carolina women,” says Paige Johnson, Vice President of External Affairs for Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina.
 
“He needs to understand we will remain vigilant in holding him to his campaign promise. If he signs this bill, we will do everything in our power to let the women of North Carolina know they cannot trust McCrory to stand up to lawmakers intent on denying women’s access to safe and legal healthcare," added Johnson.  
 
SB 353, better known as the “motorcycle abortion” bill, strips city and county employees of abortion coverage, denies women and their families the option of buying a health plan that covers abortion through the health care exchange, even though the federal law requires consumers to use their own money to pay for this care, and allows a political appointee to impose medically restrictions on facilities certified to provide abortion.
 
“North Carolinians – across party lines -- are appalled that Governor McCrory would break his campaign promise and put women’s health at risk by signing this legislation into law. North Carolinians must keep making our voices heard and tell the Governor that we will not stand for legislation that will hurt women and could dramatically restrict access to safe, legal abortion,” said Melissa Reed, Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems.
 
BACKGROUND

Over the past three weeks, thousands of North Carolinians have rallied at the Capitol, called and petitioned their legislators and organized on social media to send a clear, powerful, unmistakable message: that women don’t want politicians to meddle in their personal medical decisions.  Yesterday,
35,000 petition signatures from North Carolinians were personally delivered to Gov. McCrory
 
The North Carolina Section of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (NCOGS) issued a joint statement in firm opposition to Senate Bill 132 (SB 132) and Senate Bill 353 (SB 353).

 “Both of these bills taken together have one purpose: To restrict the reproductive rights of women in North Carolina by interfering with the practice of medicine,” says ACOG Executive Vice President Hal C. Lawrence III, MD. “As we’ve seen in several other states, legislators in North Carolina are getting between women and their doctors. ACOG stands behind our ob-gyn colleagues in North Carolina as well as the women of North Carolina and urges politicians there to reject both of these measures.”

Earlier this week, dozens of local elected officials, including mayors, city council members and county commissioners added their voices to the opposition against SB 383 by releasing an open letter to Governor McCrory urging him to veto these sweeping restrictions. The local elected officials specifically pointed out how the measure strips county and city employees of abortion coverage in their health plans and bans local decision-makers from negotiating for comprehensive health plans appropriate for their staff. 
Recent polling found that the majority of North Carolina voters oppose the measures approved by the legislature today, with 80 percent opposing the underhanded tactics used by the legislature to jam the bill through.  

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Group holds "Stand with NC Women" Veto Vigil Monday &Tuesday

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January 30, 2014

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