Turncoat behind North Carolina abortion ban that denies 10 million women their freedom to choose.
“Tricia Cotham, a Democrat who supported abortion rights, was encouraged to run for a state House seat by powerful Republicans. After she was elected, she joined them and delivered a G.O.P. supermajority… what was unusual — and not publicly known at the time — was that the influential people who had privately encouraged Ms. Cotham to run were Republicans. One was Tim Moore, Republican speaker of the state House and John Bell, the Republican majority leader.” – NY Times
Who are the other Republicans who voted to deny North Carolina women their freedom to choose? Ban abortions after 12 weeks? How are they making it harder for low income women to get care? Who is running to replace Roy Cooper, the Democratic Governor of North Carolina? Follow along with this map.
Republican dirty tricks
“The North Carolina legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a new 12-week abortion ban. Republicans control a supermajority in both the Senate and the House, which gave them enough votes to override the governor’s veto.
North Carolina is an unusually critical state for abortion rights. It has become a haven for those seeking abortion in the post-Dobbs South. In the months following the Supreme Court’s ruling, North Carolina saw the single highest increase in abortions of any state in the country — largely due to out-of-staters coming in from nearby states where the procedure is heavily restricted or banned.
To reduce abortions during the period when it remains legal, the bill contains new in-person visit requirements for patients and onerous licensing restrictions on surgical clinics. These policies are designed to make it harder for patients (especially out-of-staters) to access care.
Republican change waiting period law to require an in-person visit
Under current law, anyone seeking an abortion in North Carolina must begin with a consultation process at least 72 hours before the procedure — but this can be done over the phone, making it comparatively easy for out-of-state patients. The new law now requires the consultation to be done in person, which the bill’s critics say is a significant barrier for out-of-state residents — especially low-income or working-class ones who can’t afford to take time off work.
Republicans impose a new requirement
Abortion clinics maintain facilities on par with those of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), which are non-hospital outpatient surgery clinics. ASCs are required to adhere to specific rules, including physical layout restrictions, that abortion clinics don’t always meet. There is no evidence that these restrictions improve outcomes in patients who have abortions; a study of 50,000 abortions found no difference between those performed in ASCs and those performed outside of them.” – VOX
MAGA Republican gerrymandering
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“North Carolina Republicans Approve House Map That Flips at Least Three Seats. The gerrymandered congressional map, made possible by a new G.O.P. majority on the state Supreme Court, ensures Republican dominance in a closely divided state. Republicans in North Carolina approved a heavily gerrymandered congressional map that is likely to knock out about half of the Democrats representing the state in the House of Representatives. It could result in as much as an 11-3 advantage for Republicans.” – NY Times
Josh Stein: Democratic front runner for NC Governor
“Attorney General Josh Stein learned early on that some things are worth fighting for, no matter the opposition. His parents grounded him in our shared values of freedom, justice, and opportunity for everyone, and his faith teaches him that we are all children of God and we are called to make a difference. That’s why, as North Carolina’s Attorney General and as a state Senator before, Josh has taken on powerful special interests to protect families. Josh and his team have worked hard to keep families safe, hold corporate wrongdoers accountable for the damage they’ve done, make polluters pay to clean up the messes they make, and defend your reproductive and voting rights.” – Josh Stein
TakeAway: Hold MAGA Republicans accountable for stripping away your freedoms and using gerrymandering to cling to office. Organize. Vote.
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