The Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund is excited to introduce our pro-women’s health endorsed candidates for the 2014 primary. All of these candidates are committed to protecting access to health care for women, men and young people and believe that personal decisions regarding pregnancy are best left up to a woman and her doctor, not politicians. Please join us in supporting these champions in the NC May 6th primary. (Early voting is April 24 – May 3)
CARROLL “CARR” IPOCK (SENATE DISTRICT 2, CRAVEN, CARTERET AND PAMLICO COUNTIES)
Carr Ipock has served on the Craven County School Board for 22 years, 20 of them as chairman. Carr’s commitment to public education is what led him to run for the NC Senate. He is a committed supporter of Planned Parenthood and an avid supporter of women’s rights. Carr is a retired chemist.
JANE SMITH (SENATE DISTRICT 13, ROBESON AND COLUMBUS COUNTIES)
Jane Smith is a former educator and has recently retired from a 30 year career in real estate. Jane has served as chair of the North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development (NCPED) and North Carolina Economic Development Group (NCEDG) and has been on the board of her local Chamber of Commerce. She is committed to public education and job creation as well as to protecting women’s health care. Jane has been involved with her local Democratic party and political campaigns for years but this is her first time running for public office.
RAY JEFFERS (HOUSE DISTRICT 2, PERSON AND GRANVILLE COUNTIES)
Ray Jeffers has served as a Person County Commissioner since 2008 when he was the youngest county commissioner to ever be elected to office in North Carolina. Since then he has held leadership roles as President of the NC Association of County Commissioners and chairman of the National Association of County Commissioners’ Rural Action Caucus. This seat was formerly held by pro-women’s health legislator Winkie Wilkins who is retiring. Wilkins has endorsed Ray Jeffers’ candidacy.
SHELLY WILLINGHAM (HOUSE DISTRICT 23, EDGECOMBE AND MARTIN COUNTIES)
Shelly Willingham served in the NC House from 2002-2003. He has also been on the Rocky Mount School Board and Edgecombe County Board of Elections. He is now retired but previously had a career in real estate. Shelly is running to fill the open seat of pro-women’s health legislator, Joe Tolson and is committed to protecting women’s rights and access to health care in the General Assembly.
KIM HANCHETTE (HOUSE DISTRICT 49, WAKE COUNTY)
Kim Hanchette is the founder and CEO of Diabetes Management Solutions which provides resources for diabetes self-management to more than 10,000 North Carolinians living with diabetes. As a health educator, she is committed to ensuring that women, men and young people have the information and care they need to lead healthy lives. Kim is a former PTA President as well as past President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and is a member of the North Carolina Diabetes Prevention Task Force.
GRAIG MEYER (HOUSE DISTRICT 50, ORANGE AND DURHAM COUNTIES)
Graig Meyer is a Chapel-Carrboro school administrator and coordinator of the award winning Blue Ribbon mentorship program. He was appointed to this seat last fall when pro-women’s health legislator Valerie Foushee was appointed to the NC Senate. Graig has a background in education and social work and he is committed to protecting public education and women’s rights in the NC General Assembly.
KERRY GRAVES (HOUSE DISTRICT 58, GUILFORD COUNTY)
Kerry Graves has an educational background in criminal justice and social work. He also served in the U.S. Army for four years. He currently runs a small business and provides instruction at local community colleges. Kerry is running to fill the open seat formerly held by women’s health champion Alma Adams and is committed to ensuring her legacy of outspoken advocacy for the 58th district continues.
STAN WHITE (SENATE DISTRICT 1, BEAUFORT, CAMDEN, CURRITUCK, DARE, GATES, HYDE, PASQUOTANK, PERQUIMANS COUNTIES)
Stan White was appointed to this Senate seat in 2011 and was a staunch defender of Planned Parenthood and women’s rights in the legislative attacks throughout the 2011 legislative long session. He was narrowly defeated by just 21 votes in 2012. So, while not technically a current incumbent, Stan White has the legislative record to back-up his pro-women’s health views! He is a former Dare County Commissioner and the owner of Stan White Realty and Construction.
CLARK JENKINS (SENATE DISTRICT 3, BERTIE, CHOWAN, EDGECOMBE, HERTFORD, MARTIN, NORTHAMPTON, TYRELL, WASHINGTON COUNTIES)
Clark Jenkins has been a member of the NC Senate since 2003. He was outspoken in his defense of women’s rights from the Senate floor throughout the attacks in 2011 and 2013. Senator Jenkins is a farmer in Tarrboro, NC.
GLADYS ROBINSON (SENATE DISTRICT 28, GUILFORD COUNTY)
Gladys Robinson is currently serving her second term in the NC Senate. She has been an outspoken advocate for women’s health time and time again on the Senate floor. She is the Executive Director of Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency. Senator Robinson served on the NC Board of Governors for 10 years.
ANNIE MOBLEY (HOUSE DISTRICT 5, BERTIE, GATES, HERTFORD, PASQUOTANK COUNTIES)
Annie Mobley is currently in her fourth term in the NC House. She worked for many years in public housing and adult probation and then eventually with under privileged youth, most recently as a court counselor. Rep. Mobley is now retired.
JEAN FARMER-BUTTERFIELD (HOUSE DISTRICT 24, PITT AND WILSON COUNTIES)
Jean Farmer-Butterfield is in her sixth term in the NC House and is an outspoken champion for women’s health on the House floor. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to the NC House of Representatives. Rep. Farmer-Butterfield is a former teacher and currently works as a consultant and health and human services professional.
MICHAEL WRAY(HOUSE DISTRICT 27, HALIFAX AND NORTHAMPTON COUNTIES)
Michael Wray is in his fifth term in the NC House. He currently serves in the leadership as House Minority Deputy Leader. Rep. Wray is a small business owner in Gaston, NC.
PRICEY HARRISON (HOUSE DISTRICT 57, GUILFORD COUNTY)
Pricey Harrison is currently in her fifth term in the NC House. She continues her family’s legacy of public service and commitment to progressive causes. She is a legislative leader on environmental issues and has fought against all the recent attacks on women’s rights.
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To: Interested Parties
Date: April 23, 2013
Fr: Paige Johnson
Re: North Carolina’s Abortion Bills Part of a Wave of Threats to Women’s Health Nationwide
Only days after many legislative sessions resumed in 2013, politicians began working to further restrict women’s access to birth control, funding for cancer screenings for low-income women, access to safe and legal abortion, and full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, signaling that 2013 may be even worse than the record-breaking years of 2011 and 2012 for state legislation that limits access to women’s health care. North Carolina is no different than these states.
Indeed, the reproductive health restrictions introduced in North Carolina fit the national trends this year: nonsurgical abortion restrictions, targeted restrictions on abortion providers, sex education restrictions, abortion bans and refusal of medical care.
Planned Parenthood is fighting back every step of the way – and North Carolinians have been fighting back with us. Recently, hundreds of North Carolinians rallied against these restrictions and have sent 242 letters, 4,660 emails & made 1,270 calls to their legislators reminding them that they are not in another woman’s shoes – and therefore should not make personal, private health care decisions for her.
What follows below is a roundup of top threats to women’s health in North Carolina and where they fit in the national landscape. Governor Pat McCrory has said he doesn’t support more abortion restrictions in the state, and women’s health supporters are encouraging him to keep his campaign promise if any of these bills reach his desk.
Admitting Privileges Restrictions
ENACTED 2013: AL, ND
TO WATCH 2013: NC, SC, TX
Enacted 2012: AZ, MS, TN; Enacted 2011: KS
Opponents of safe and legal abortion have been pushing for admitting privileges requirements as part of a strategy to further restrict a woman’s access to abortion. Having admitting privileges is not a requirement for being a licensed medical provider and is not a designation of the quality of a provider. An admitting privileges requirement gives hospitals complete decision-making power over whether physicians who provide abortion will receive admitting privileges. The reality is, a hospital’s decision makers will often be driven by ideology and politics — which can make it virtually impossible for abortion providers to receive admitting privileges.
The only remaining health center providing abortions in Mississippi was on the verge of closing because of this requirement after a law was passed there in 2012. The law was recently enjoined by a federal district court because it would have shut down the state’s only provider of safe and legal abortions.
North Carolina’s Senator Warren Daniel, a sponsor of North Carolina’s enjoined 2011 mandatory ultrasound law, introduced a bill (Senate Bill 308) that would require doctors providing abortions to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. Senator Daniel evidently did not do his due diligence on the bill. When asked about the provision’s impact in North Carolina, Sen. Daniel told local media he hadn’t thought about it: “I guess I don’t know exactly how it will affect clinics across the state,” he said.
Non-surgical Abortion Restrictions
Ban on Non-surgical Abortion via Telemedicine
TO WATCH: AR, LA, MO, MS, NC, TX
Enacted 2012: MI, OK, TN, WI; Enacted 2011: AZ, KS, NE, ND, OK, SD, TN
Safe and legal in the United States for over a decade, non-surgical abortion gives a woman the option of a more private and what may feel like a less invasive method of ending a pregnancy, in a setting in which she feels most comfortable. In recent years, state legislatures devoted significant attention to creating restrictions on non-surgical abortion, which has forced some women to have a surgical procedure when they would have chosen non-surgical abortion.
People in rural areas often have to drive very long distances to see a doctor in person. Health care centers, particularly in these areas, increasingly use telemedicine services for patients to receive quality medical care. Some opponents of safe and legal abortion call bills that ban non-surgical abortion via telemedicine, which is as safe and effective as the process of an in-person meeting with a doctor, some of their “favorite strategies.”
Included in Senator Warren Daniel’s Senate Bill 308 are provisions that could seriously restrict a woman’s access to safe and legal non-surgical abortion in North Carolina, including a ban on the delivery of non-surgical abortion via telemedicine.
Restrictions on Sex Education
DEFEATED 2013: ND
ENACTED 2013: KS
AWAITING EXECUTIVE ACTION: MT
TO WATCH 2013: AR, NC, OH, TX
Enacted 2012: TN, WI; Vetoed 2012: UT
Nearly 750,000 teenagers in the United States will become pregnant this year alone, and half of all sexually active people will have a sexually transmitted infection by age 25. Clearly, American teens need to know how to make responsible decisions and stay healthy. Evidence shows the best way to help them is to give them comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education. The vast majority of Americans support sex education; nevertheless, states are considering new restrictions on sex education programs that can end promising teen pregnancy prevention programs or require misleading information be included in curricula.
A bill introduced on February 26 (Senate Bill 132), if enacted, would impose a requirement on North Carolina’s sex education curricula, that students be told of a risk of prematurity in subsequent births after an abortion, despite consensus from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Health Statistics, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the World Health Organization that there is no such link.
“Biased” Selection Bans
ENACTED 2013: ND, KS
TO WATCH 2013: FL, MO, NC
Enacted 2011: AZ
Some states have introduced bills this session that ban abortions based on sex, race, and/or a genetic abnormality. The world’s leading human rights organizations, including the World Health Organization, have asserted that these bills do not address the social, legal, economic, and political conditions that promote discrimination. What’s more, these bills impermissibly interfere with a woman’s right to make personal decisions in conjunction with her family, faith, and her doctor and can strip nonjudgmental, high-quality care from women in need. These bills are also a dangerous intrusion in the doctor-patient relationship by requiring doctors to become investigators and patients their suspects. North Carolina’s bill is sponsored by Ruth Samuelson.
Refusal to Provide General Medical or Reproductive Health Services
ENACTED 2013: KY
TO WATCH 2013: MI, MO, NC, NV
Enacted 2012: KS; Defeated 2012: ND; Enacted 2011: UT
Freedom of religion is important to all Americans — that is why it is safely enriched in the U.S. Constitution. However, state legislatures are considering proposals that could allow health care providers to use religion to discriminate against patients. Representative Jacqueline Schaffer sponsored a bill that is so broad even pharmacists could refuse to fill a woman’s birth control prescriptions in North Carolina.