Human Rights

NC Sheriff’s Association flip-flops on legislation forcing sheriffs to act like ICE agents

By Eleanore Wood / June 13, 2019 /

Despite widespread opposition from the immigrant community and even several county sheriffs, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association has flip-flopped to support the controversial House Bill 370, which forces local sheriffs to be part of Trump’s deportation machine, ripping children from their parents and separating families. Enforcing federal immigration laws is the federal government’s responsibility. Local authorities should be…

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Cooper & pro-choice champions beat back deceptive anti-abortion bill and NC-GOP’s shameful political stunts

By Eleanore Wood / June 11, 2019 /

The deceptive so-called “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” has been defeated once and for all, even though House Speaker Tim Moore tried to postpone the veto override vote at least NINE times. He wanted to sneak in a vote when pro-choice champions like Rep. Sydney Batch of Wake County, who is currently recovering from breast cancer treatment, were not…

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Public News Service – Study: Black Women May Be Most Affected by NC Abortion Restrictions

By Eleanore Wood / June 4, 2019 /

In North Carolina, the number of people without access to health care is disproportionately women of color. Without this access, it is very difficult for these women to obtain expensive contraceptive medication. Because North Carolina lawmakers refuse to expand Medicaid, contraception and prenatal care are nearly impossible for lower-income women. North Carolina already has one of the…

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NC General Assembly stoops to new low in latest attack on women’s right to an abortion

By Eleanore Wood / May 28, 2019 /

The NC House of Representatives do not have the votes to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of SB 359, the so-called “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” when all House members are present. So they have placed the bill on the voting calendar and then postponed it ten times in hopes of finding a moment when enough pro-choice champions…

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Protests against immigration bills that force sheriffs to act like ICE agents

By Eleanore Wood / May 8, 2019 /

A group of immigrants and activists came together Saturday morning to rally outside of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association against House Bill 370 and House Bill 135. They are urging Governor Roy Cooper to take a stand against two bills, which according to Members of the immigrant community makes them feel as if they are “captive in a community…

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Cooper vetoes bad-faith “Born Alive” bill

By Eleanore Wood / April 23, 2019 /

Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the latest Republican abortion bill, another attack on health care using sensationalist claims not based in science. Although the GOP no longer has super-majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, they may still be able to scrape up the two-thirds majority necessary to overturn the veto. No matter what happens, one…

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Latest abortion bill another attempt to control relationship between patients, doctors

By Eleanore Wood / April 16, 2019 /

Since the Republican supermajority was elected in 2010, North Carolina has passed some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. Now Republicans are trying to threaten doctors with criminal action and shame patients over practice not based in the reality of abortion care. The latest Republican abortion bill is another attack on health care using sensationalist claims…

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The Washington Post: Retired Justice Stevens calls Kavanaugh’s hearing performance disqualifying

By Eleanore Wood / October 5, 2018 /

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens has said he doesn’t believe that Brett Kavanaugh is the right person for the job of Supreme Court justice. And it’s not just Justice Stevens. Add to that over 2,400 law professors who think Kavanaugh is not a good fit. Yet the Republican-dominated Senate is still trying to ram his…

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Daily Reflector: Activists rally around healthcare, reproductive rights at Greenville Town Hall

By Eleanore Wood / August 20, 2018 /

Several advocacy groups, including Progress, met in Greenville to speak on the issues of a second Trump Supreme Court confirmation. President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh after Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. Kavanaugh has a long history of ruling against contraception, abortion, and the Affordable Care Act, which makes his nomination all the more troubling. Because…

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Spectrum News: Pro-Life group concerned free speech rights are jeopardized at clinics

By Eleanore Wood / August 16, 2018 /

Members of anti-abortion group, Cities4Life, are complaining about police officers ‘infringing on their First Amendment rights’. An executive director of Cities4Life cites a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer as the source of concern. The CMPD officer threatened to issue a citation to a member under an ordinance that prohibits blocking or interfering with pedestrian and vehicle traffic.…

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