Law and Policy


Hundreds of people gathered at Romare Bearden Park in Charlotte, on July 3rd for a Reproductive Rights Rally. Photo by Grant Baldwin Photography
Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Patient Privacy From GOP Lawmakers Intent on Targeting Women, More

President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order that aims to protect access to reproductive health care and those who seek and provide abortions.

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signs an executive order designed to protect abortion rights in the state at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. The order in part prevents the extradition of a woman who receives an abortion in North Carolina but may live in another state where the procedure is barred. (AP Photo/Gary D. Robertson).
Gov. Cooper Signs Executive Order Bolstering Abortion Access in North Carolina

But he warned that his ability to veto any anti-abortion laws pushed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly was at risk in the November elections.

Advocates say enhanced background checks for gun buyers under 21 might have stopped the mass shooting by an 18-year-old gunman in Uvalde, Texas. Photo by Jinitzail Hernandez
What the First Major Gun Safety Legislation Passed in Decades Means for North Carolina

The bill passed with support from North Carolina’s US Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, both Republicans who have received millions from groups that oppose legislation on firearms.

A protester at an abortion-rights rally in Raleigh in May. (Photo by Michael McElroy)
Abortion Is Still Legal in North Carolina for Now—But There Are Restrictions

A guide to what the end of Roe decision means for our state.

People protest about abortion, Friday, June 24, 2022, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
North Carolina Reacts to Supreme Court Decision to Strip Away the Constitutional Right to Abortion

While Friday’s ruling sparked anger across North Carolina among reproductive rights advocates and Democratic lawmakers, it also prompted the resolve to continue fighting.

Activists take part in a protest outside of the Old Ebbitt Grill to call for a full minimum wage with tips for restaurant workers in Washington, DC in May 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images)
‘More Rights for the Employer’: Why Workers Have it So Bad in North Carolina

North Carolina’s lack of worker protections makes it the worst place in the country to work, especially for Black women, a recent analysis found.

One of North Carolina's most influential figures, Pauli Murray still doesn't get her due for her part in combatting racial injustice, homophobia, and sexism. A new Amazon Prime Video doc about Murray, who grew up in Durham, premiers this weekend in the Bull City. (Image via Pauli Murray Center)
Pauli Murray: The North Carolina Hero Too Few Know About

A documentary about North Carolina civil rights trailblazer Pauli Murray will premier this weekend in Durham before being released to a national audience.