While the committee debated the legislation, pro-choice activists met outside the capitol to protest government interference in personal decisions, building on the previous day’s Moral Monday protest, at which dozens of protesters were arrested.
This week, a new study suggested hookups might be harmful to psychological well-being, North Carolina passed a law that will force health teachers to tell students abortion causes pre-term birth, and a man was held up at knifepoint, with only his condom taken.
HB 695 passed the North Carolina senate Wednesday in a 29-12 vote, adding North Carolina to the list of states that have in recent weeks circumvented the traditional legislative process to push through sweeping anti-abortion bills.
A bill meant to ban Sharia law has been amended to include multiple abortion restrictions that had been proposed earlier in the year.
State Rep. Connie Pillich talks with Rachel Maddow about Ohio Republicans, with the help of Gov. Kasich, sneaking the most restrictive new abortion measures in the country into the state budget bill to avoid Texas-style public backlash over amendments they knew wouldn’t survive public scrutiny.
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory argues that supporting the bill does not violate his campaign promise to not sign any anti-choice legislation into law, because SB 132 is, he says, an education bill, not an abortion restriction.
Rachel Maddow reports on a new anti-abortion bill pending in Ohio that was snuck into a budget bill such that now it can only be blocked by Governor John Kasich, and a new anti-abortion bill in North Carolina that requires seventh graders be taught factually inaccurate anti-abortion propaganda.
A contentious bill that would require health teachers to inform seventh-grade students that abortion—along with smoking, drinking, drug use, and lack of prenatal care—can affect carrying a pregnancy to full term, passed the house and senate Wednesday.
Each week’s Moral Monday protest has a theme, and this Monday activists will focus on labor and economic justice. A key factor will no doubt be the economic impact the GOP’s new regressive policies would have on women.
“Moral Monday” events organized by the North Carolina NAACP and local clergy have brought together thousands of citizens to express growing discontent with the new conservative majority’s focus on tax breaks and handouts for the wealthy at the expense of social services.