Join us for Women's Advocacy Day 2017!

It's another long session at the NCGA, which means we will be hosting Women's Advocacy Day this year on March 14th!

 

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Some Important Truths About the Zika Crisis and Reproductive Freedom

This article originally appeared in NC Policy Watch. It was written by NCWU President and NARAL Pro-Choice Executive Director Tara Romano. 

Summer is winding down here in North Carolina, but the heat isn’t going away just yet. And neither are the mosquitoes. In the Southeast, mosquito season can last until November, depending on the timing of the first frost. As Florida has now recorded more than 60 non-travel-related Zika cases, mosquitos are on the mind of many state officials and public health professionals. They will also likely be on the minds of women of childbearing age, who continue to confront the dire warnings about the dangers of a Zika infection during pregnancy.

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On Tomorrow’s 96th Anniversary, the Struggle for Women’s Equality Continues

The following article was originally posted in NC Policy Watch. From NCWU President and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Executive Director Tara Romano.

Tomorrow, August 26, is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. This amendment proclaimed that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Sounds like women got the right to vote on that day in 1920, right? Well, not entirely.

 

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Your 2016 Voting FAQ Guide is Here!

voting-uterus-MM-2014-kay.jpgVoting rules and regulations have become quite complicated in North Carolina since 2013, with plenty of ups and downs. This fall's big election will be a test for what we have in place. You may have questions, and we try our best to provide you the answers. Check out this 2016 Voter FAQ here, and see you at the polls!


North Carolina: Big talk but little real action in protecting pregnant workers

The following article was originally posted in NC Policy Watch. From NCWU President and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Executive Director Tara Romano.

One of the less-well-reported aspects of North Carolina’s notorious HB2 law as it originally read was a provision thatremoved state protections from on-the-job discrimination (a protection later added back in, but in a weaker form).

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My grandmother, voter ID and the federal courts

This article by NCWU President Tara Romano originally appeared in NC Policy Watch. NCWU and our members/partners believe in free and fair elections, with full transparency of elections rules and regulations, and equal access to the ballot. Over the past few years, no proponents of strict voter ID laws have been able to point to recent cases of in-person voter fraud; but instances of voter suppression have repeatedly been found by the courts. 

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Raising the Minimum Wage Will Help Promote Equal Pay for Women

As part of The North Carolina Justic Center's #WageWeek celebration, they invited partners to contribute to their blog series on the importance of raising the minimum wage. The below piece was written by Bronwen Wade with NC Women United and originally posted on Progressive Voices. 

 

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What You Need to Know About the Latest Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

(The following article by NCWU President and NARAL Pro-Choice Executive Director Tara Romano originally appeared in NC Policy Watch)

Forty-three years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, American women can still access this procedure if that is their decision. Maybe. Depending on where they live; what kind of health insurance they have; their financial status and transportation options; how much paid time off (or any time off) they have; their access to child care; and how safe their nearest clinic may be from aggressive protestors.

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Despite posturing, NC lawmakers are ignoring women’s health and safety in the places that really matter

As the another legislative session came to an end, lawmakers once again failed to meaningfully address the health care access crisis in the state. The below article from NCWU President and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Executive Director Tara Romano originally appeared in NC Policy Watch prior to the session ending. � North Carolina leadership has publicly said they are committed to Medicaid reform. Many health care justice advocates think Medicaid expansion should be part of that reform. The state had to officially submit its reform plan (Medicaid waiver) to the federal government for approval. The public comment period goes until 11:00pm, Wednesday, July 20This is a great time to use your voice to advocate that North Carolina finally close the gap. Submit your comments here.

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HB2 update: If we’re going to talk about sexual violence, let’s really talk about it

(This article was originally published at NC Policy Watch, and is a companion piece to an earlier article on the original Charlotte anti-discrimination policy that launched HB2, the anti-LGBTQ bill heard round the country.  I felt compelled to write about this again because I still heard and saw sexual violence myths being used to justify this bill. Perpetuating myths about the who, what, where and how of the sexual violence epidemic in our country typically demonizes marginalized people - the LGBTQ community; immigrants; people of color; the poor - in an effort to scapegoat the "other" because we don't want to face the realities of who is actually perpetuating this violence (lost in the heated rhetoric about immigrants being classified on the whole as rapists, for example, are stories like the founder of the anti-immigrant group the Minutemen recently being convicted of child sexual assault).  Demonizing marginalized groups for sexual violence often times leaves people with little political and social power at risk of danger themselves, while ignoring - and often, enabling - those who are actually perpetuating assault (would the Stanford swimmer be out of jail so soon if he were not a straight, white male athlete?).

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