anti-abortion zealots

First in extremism: NC's role in domestic terrorism

It may be a hard pill to swallow, but the truth often is:

Another terrorist attack. Another grim tally of the dead and wounded. Another killer full of hate, from a land that breeds such men. Like millions of migrants before him, the perpetrator crossed the border unchallenged. And like others, he struck our country without warning.

Our politicians say they’ll stop these killers. They talk about building walls and vetting refugees. If we were serious, we would do it. We would seal our borders against North Carolina.

I had a very similar conversation over the weekend, in which I listed a half-dozen or so North Carolina-bred terrorists. And (of course) mental illness was mentioned more than once, which has become our default rationalization. It's not a corollary or cause & effect formula, they both exist independent of each other: We don't dedicate enough resources to treat the mentally ill, *and* we have developed a society that views (Christian) religious extremists as "very faithful" instead of dangerous. And when they cross the line, we don't blame the pastor who pushed them over the line with his teachings, we say he wasn't wired right. Unless he attacks an abortion clinic, which way too many of our citizens view as justifiable:

Advocates for womens' choice eyeing Supreme Court case

The struggle continues:

Legislators in this state in recent years have tried to enact the two provisions that are the legal issues in the Texas case: requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building standards as same-day surgery centers.

Neither of those provisions survived in bills that became law in North Carolina, although a string of controversial new requirements limiting access to abortions have been enacted.

This may seem more like a "technical" issue than one of rights gained/lost, and that's exactly what the ant-abortion movement is counting on. The real-world impact of Texas' law caused the closure of over half of the geographically huge state's clinics, and it would have a similar effect here in NC. And the purely deceptive tactics of the anti-abortion zealots needs an airing, too:

Promises, promises

Governor McCrory broke his promise to women in 2013. What will he do this time?

Posted by Progress North Carolina Action on Monday, April 27, 2015

Progress NC petition to Governor McCrory on Vetoing new abortion bills

Via e-mail:

It was a simple question and a clear, one-word answer from Governor McCrory.

“If you are elected governor, what further restrictions on abortion would you agree to sign? None."

Unfortunately, less than a year later, Governor McCrory broke that promise and signed a bill that mandated new abortion regulations. Now there is another, even more radical, bill moving through the General Assembly and Governor McCrory again has a chance to keep his promise. HB 465 would triple the already unnecessary waiting period, and would prevent any employee of UNC or ECU medical schools from performing abortions in almost all circumstances. This would severely undermine the high-quality medical education that students and residents receive.

If you’re tired of the attacks on women and the University System, then stand with us.

Here's the link to the petition. Go ahead and sign it, and then you can explain to me and others how petitions don't accomplish anything, how the energy would be better spent getting out the vote or getting out of town, or whatever other plan you have. ;)

NC GOP's new anti-abortion tactic: Get women to write anti-women bills

Divide and conquer, on steroids:

North Carolina Republican state Rep. Pat McElraft explains why she filed an extreme anti-choice bill yesterday despite the fact that her party’s leadership has said they want to focus on jobs and the economy. The bill would triple the state’s waiting period from 24 to 72 hours, require only OB-GYNs to provide abortions, and prohibit faculty at the East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical schools from performing or supervising an abortion.

As a Planned Parenthood spokesperson explains, that means it would “prohibit two of the finest medical schools in the the country from providing doctors with the training necessary to provide safe abortion care.”

It does no good trying to sift through the nonsense in search of even a tiny grain of logic; the goal of the GOP is to get rid of abortion entirely. No matter what bad outcomes result from their arbitrary and patently unhealthy dictates, it's all gravy for this crowd. And even a comment as stupid as this one:

The anti-abortion zealots are not done yet

As the upcoming session of the NCGA will soon demonstrate:

The rules also require written agreements with nearby hospitals for emergencies – or proof that the clinic tried to obtain those agreements. That’s important, because hospitals in other states could effectively shut down a clinic by declining such agreements.

A handful of speakers, however, were critical. That included North Carolina Values Coalition executive director Tami Fitzgerald, who said the rules don’t go far enough in protecting women. Specifically, Fitzgerald wants stiffer certification requirements and no exceptions for clinics that don’t obtain transfer agreements with hospitals.

Nothing gets under my skin worse than a double-talking hypocrite. Tami Fitzgerald doesn't give a damn about "protecting women," and every time lies like that slide out of her mouth, her "values" are exposed for what they are, nothing more than the ravings of a brainwashed cult member.

Dwindling choices: Anti-abortion zealotry taking a toll

And (of course) women in poverty are suffering the most:

The young woman lived in Dallas, 650 miles from Albuquerque, but that was where she would have to go for an abortion, she was told. New state regulations had forced several of Dallas’s six abortion clinics to close, creating weekslong waiting lists. By the time the woman could get in, she would be up against the Texas ban on abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation.

But she could not afford the trip to New Mexico.

This is not a health sector economics issue, or an unfortunate byproduct of regulatory oversight. This situation was created intentionally, to block women from exercising their legal right to choose. And the fact that it's happening all over the country, instituted by individual state governments, is evidence of a conspiracy to take away those rights on a national scale. If that doesn't qualify for a US DOJ Civil Rights investigation, then we might as well just shut that division down. And while I find this next part admirable, women shouldn't have to rely on charity to exercise their rights:

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