Governor McCrory has done the right thing by vetoing ag-gag and religious discrimination. There are a few more things that need attention - the environment, voting rights, education, expanding Medicaid .... The top of my list: the latest attack on access to abortion.
Attention to this bill has mostly focused on the proposed 72 hour waiting period - which is medically unnecessary and insulting to women who are totally capable of making their own moral decisions without intrusion from politicians.
With each passing month, there is indisputable scientific evidence that the earth’s climate is rapidly changing. Is it cyclical as some contend, or is it a permanent trend, produced by man’s action?” Let’s examine, at least the auto emission pollution.
N.C. governor to veto opt-out bill (Reuters) -- Gov. Pat McCrory said he would veto legislation allowing government officials to refuse to perform marriages by citing religious objections. The measure, passed by the state's Republican-led House of Representatives earlier in the day, would protect those who oppose same-sex weddings from losing their jobs. The Republican governor said no public officials who swore to defend the Constitution and perform their duties of office should be exempt from upholding their oath. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/28/usa-gaymarriage-north-carolina-idUSL1N0YJ2FQ20150528
With all that's happened with HB 465, I think it's time for the Dems to take drastic action. They need to introduce their own bill.
The Every NC Sperm is Sacred Act would require prostrate and sperm count discussions and exams for all males over 18 and prohibit any state funding being used for condoms or vasectomies. In addition, the law would prohibit vasectomies only when the carrier of the sperm's life is in danger and that records concerning those vasectomies be catalogued at DHHS.
Restricting access to abortion is not the only way that NC is failing at women's health - diabetes, rising rates of chlamydia, obesity, the impact of poverty, topped off by refusing to expand Medicaid - put NC in the bottom of the country on women's health.
Wake County Superior Court has granted a preliminary injunction sought by SELC to stop the state’s Mining and Energy Commission from accepting or processing permit applications for fracking in the state or from creating any drilling units. The decision effectively reinstates a moratorium on fracking pending the outcome of a constitutional challenge to the composition of the Commission itself.