Notes From a Clinic Escort

raleigh clinic escorters

Many of us who advocate for women’s access to the full range of reproductive health care options, including abortion care, are acutely aware of the harassment and violence faced not just by the women accessing care at clinics that provide abortions, but also by the staff and volunteers who are providing care and support to […]


World AIDS Day – Comprehensive Sex Education is a Key Tool for Protecting NC’s Youth

(press statement read by PPSAT field organizer and NCWU board director Emma Akpan at the Durham Stand With Women press conference on World AID’s Day; December 1, 2015) We are here on World AIDS Day to look back on the progress we’ve made in the 30-plus years we’ve been experiencing this global epidemic; and to […]


Roberta M. Madden – Recipient of the 2015 Anne Mackie Award

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We are proud to be building our movement with fellow advocates like Roberta M. Madden (“Robbie, to her friends”). Robbie has spent a lifetime organizing and agitating, for gender equality, racial equality, and an end to homophobia and discrimination against the LGBT community. While most of this work was done in Louisiana before Robbie moved […]


Planned Parenthood Supporters Act!

NCWU President Tara Romano presenting a timeline on abortion access in NC.

Member Planned Parenthood South Atlantic kicked off its first Action Forum at UNC Greensboro recently. Look for these action forums, designed to engage PP supporters in the work for reproductive justice, to continue taking place across the state this winter. The below article was written by NCWU VP and PPSAT field organizer Heather Williams. On […]


Medicaid Expansion is a Women’s Health Issue

Medicaid Die-In Participants

  Since the 2012 Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), North Carolina is one of 20 states that has still opted to NOT expand Medicaid. In making this legislative decision, approximately 500,000 North Carolinians still do not have access to affordable, quality health insurance, limiting their ability to […]


Domestic Violence and Medicaid Expansion

Speaking at a recent press event on North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid, I brought up the fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There are very real and substantial connections between access to health care and efforts to end domestic and sexual violence.  I would hope that people can connect these dots, but […]


Tolling the Damage to Reproductive Freedom from the 2015 General Assembly

This article, from member NARAL-NC Policy Analyst and Operations Coordinator and NCWU board director Chavi Khanna Koneru, was originally published at member NC Justice Center‘s NC Policy Watch site.  We are finally on the other side of the tunnel that was the 2015 legislative session, and it has now become clear that the reproductive freedoms of North […]


Veto this Bill

Stop HB318

NCWU is proud to stand with the immigrant community, anti-poverty advocates and others in calling for the Governor to veto HB318. This bill is not about protecting North Carolina workers. It’s about scapegoating the immigrant community for the failures of our state leadership to contribute to a robust economy that benefits all. It’s about deflecting […]


Legislature, McCrory approve another late-session assault on reproductive freedom


(cross-posted from member NC Policy Watch‘s site; this article was written by NCWU President Tara Romano; with input from members Planned Parenthood and National Association of Social Workers – NC Chapter). While the recently-concluded session of the North Carolina General Assembly felt like it lasted forever, it was only about six months ago that a […]


NC NOW’s Annual Conference

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NC NOW, a member of the NC Women United coalition, held its annual conference in Winston Salem, NC on October 10th. The conference theme was Focusing Women’s Power NOW! Congresswoman Alma Adams delivered a powerful, thoughtful, and personal keynote address. “Women are pushing back and moving forward, demanding our human rights and freedom from unwanted intrusions in […]