Stories tagged: "reproductive rights"

Dr. Alison Stuebe, a North Carolina maternal-fetal medicine doctor, urges state lawmakers to oppose any new abortion restrictions at a news conference outside the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)
Op-Ed: North Carolina’s New Abortion Legislation Would Hurt the Wellbeing of Women, Children, and Families

In a guest post, a group of 8 UNC doctors, professors, and researchers highlight the dangerous impact of North Carolina Republicans' new 12-week abortion ban. "The legislation imposes an array of medically unnecessary hurdles ... that make it harder and more expensive for women to get early abortions," the group writes.

Abortion rights supporters gather at a rally at Bicentennial Plaza put on by Planned Parenthood South Atlantic in response to a bill before the North Carolina Legislature, Wednesday, May 3, 2023, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
NC Republicans Pass a 12-Week Abortion Ban, Impose Other Restrictions on Reproductive Freedom

The bill also makes it more difficult to access care, and implements hugely restrictive regulations on abortion clinics, which could force many of them to close their doors.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., center left, and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., hold an event to mark 100 days of the Republican majority in the House, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, April 17, 2023. At far right is Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn. In a speech Monday at the New York Stock Exchange, the Republican leader accused President Joe Biden of refusing to engage in budget-cutting negotiations to prevent a debt crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House GOP’s First 100 Days: Few Results, Lots of Unpopular Ideas

House Republicans have spent their first 100 days in power discussing plans to cut social programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food assistance and conducting half-baked and conspiracy-fueled investigations.

Spectators observe from the gallery of the House chamber during a floor debate about proposed abortion restrictions at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C. in 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The Fight for Reproductive Freedom Begins Again in NC

Three GOP lawmakers introduced a bill this week banning abortion at conception. Though it is unlikely to even get a vote as written, it is the opening salvo in what's expected to be a fierce fight to drastically restrict abortion access here.

Doctors from across the state at a news conference at the General Assembly on Wednesday. More than 1,100 medical professionals in North Carolina signed an open letter calling on legislators to reject any new abortion restrictions. (Photo: Michael McElroy)
NC Doctors Offer a Grim Warning About the Dangers of Abortion Bans

Abortion rights advocates have increased their efforts in recent weeks to highlight just how perilous abortion access is in North Carolina.

FILE - North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein speaks in favor of protecting abortion access during a news conference at the North Carolina Department of Justice in Raleigh, N.C., Aug. 3, 2022. A North Carolina prosecutor said Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, that campaign-related charges will not be pursued further against Stein or his aides, one day after an appeals court ruled the political libel law her office was seeking to enforce is most likely unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum, File)
NC Attorney General Champions Reproductive Freedom by Refusing to Defend Abortion Pill Restrictions in Lawsuit

Instead, Stein will argue that federal regulations protecting access to abortion pills override North Carolina's state-level restrictions.

Photograph courtesy of Maria Cervania / Graphic by Francesca Daly
Meet Your New North Carolina Lawmakers: Q&A With State Rep. Maria Cervania

Democrat Maria Cervania was elected to the North Carolina state House in November and is one of the first two Asian-American women ever elected to the state legislature.