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What you need to know about the latest Supreme Court abortion ruling

Forty-three years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, American women can still access this procedure if that is their decision. Maybe. Depending on where they live; what kind of health insurance they have; ...
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Despite posturing, NC lawmakers are ignoring women’s health and safety in the places that really matter

During the tumultuous 2016 legislative session, access to affordable, quality health care doesn’t seem to have been on the mind of many state lawmakers. While preparing and submitting a demonstration waiver to the federal government to alter and ...
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HB2 update: If we’re going to talk about sexual violence, let’s really talk about it

A high school football team’s locker room is host to the sexual harassment and assault of its freshmen members every week. Sexual violence survivors increasingly come forward to share their stories of abuse at the hands of their ...
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Accident survivor: All Americans deserve the protections that saved my future

We never think it will happen to us, until it does. After a bad car accident in 2002, expert trauma surgeons and good luck saved my life, while the FMLA and generous co-workers saved my future.

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The truth about sexual violence and the Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance

As a long-time advocate for victims of sexual violence, I am always grateful for an opportunity to talk about how we, as a society, can prevent this kind of horrific and criminal behavior. That said, I am also frequently angered and frustrated by many of the conversations that do take place. A classic example is the current debate in North Carolina surrounding Charlotte's new non-discrimination ordinance.

This ordinance, which provides new protections from discrimination for the LGBTQ community, is long overdue. In 2016 America, we cannot pay mere lip service to our belief in equality and fairness for all.

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Women’s leader on Roe v. Wade at 43: We must not go back into the shadows

January 22 commemorated the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America. This decision, in the Texas case of Roe v. Wade, certainly did not introduce abortion to American women. Throughout America’s history, ...
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Want to reduce domestic violence? Then expand Medicaid

Speaking at a recent press event on North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid, I highlighted the fact that October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I’m sure many were initially surprised to hear me make the connection between these ...
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Legislature, McCrory approve another late-session assault on reproductive freedom

While the recently-concluded session of the North Carolina General Assembly felt like it lasted forever, it was only about six months ago that a bill to make child support payments more efficient and effective passed through the House, ...
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NC women: Leading the fight against regressive policies

There has been much attention recently on the North Carolina General Assembly’s attempts to pass legislation (most notably Senate Bill 353) that would severely restrict access to abortion in the state. Much of that attention has focused on ...
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