TO THE EDITOR:
If you are a North Carolinian and you’re not furious right now, then you must not be paying attention. Our prestige and reputation as the progressive “Beacon of the South” are under attack — and it’s making (embarrassing) international news.
This isn’t a partisan issue, it’s a human rights issue.
HB 695, the Sharia law legislation-turned “abortion bill” making its stumbling way through the N.C. General Assembly at the moment is just the latest in a long list of recent restrictive, extreme conservative measures taken by our legislature.
Under the deceptively idyllic name, “The Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection Act,” the proposed HB 695 would not only curtail abortion services, but shut the doors on (by most estimates) all but one women’s health clinic in North Carolina — the same clinics that provide myriad health services to underprivileged, low-income individuals of all genders and sexualities who may not be able to find or afford that critical aid elsewhere, or those like us on a college budget and a college schedule looking for affordable, nonjudgmental contraception and care.