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Thursday September 29th


The North Carolina General Assembly building in Raleigh, NC.

Parents' Bill of Rights passes Senate Rules Committee, to move to N.C. Senate floor

House Bill 755, Parents' Bill of Rights, moved to the N.C. Senate floor after passing its hearing in the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday. The bill, which was introduced and passed in the N.C. House of Representatives in May 2021, would require parental notification if a student uses a different name or pronoun and prohibits instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in K-3 curriculums.  If passed in the state Senate, it is likely the bill will be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. In this scenario, senators from both parties would have to vote in favor of overriding the veto.

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Protesters hold signs in reaction to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade on May 3, 2022, in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Here's what a post-Roe future could look like for North Carolinians

On May 2, Politico published a leaked draft U.S Supreme Court opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. If finalized, the opinion would overturn Roe v. Wade.  North Carolina has a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy that is currently unenforceable under Roe v. Wade, according to a 2021 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. But, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, access in North Carolina could be restricted.  Even if abortion remains legal in North Carolina, an individual from a state with a "trigger law" who needs an abortion may travel to North Carolina. This could overburden N.C.'s health system.

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People attend the Wolf Alice concert at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on March 22, 2022.

Concert venues across North Carolina grapple with changing COVID-19 guidelines

While Orange County has lifted its mandate on public indoor places, businesses and other private spaces still have the discretion to require masks indoors. Some venues, such as Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, are still requiring masks indoors. In addition, Cat's Cradle requires concert attendees to present their COVID-19 vaccination cards or proof of a negative test within the prior 72 hours, in addition to their ID. "Sort of like with public transit, there is not a real easy way to stay six feet from everyone if you're going to enjoy a typical concert environment at Cat's Cradle," Frank Heath, owner of Cat's Cradle, said.

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NC Supreme Court approves new maps to nobody's full satisfaction

The new congressional, House and Senate maps will take effect for the 2022 primary elections on May 17, according to Rachel Raper, Director of the Orange County Board of Elections.  Under the new setup, Orange County will remain in District 4 of the congressional map. It will also remain in the 23rd district in the N.C. Senate and will retain its current boundaries in the N.C. House, including the 50th and 56th districts.

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DTH Photo Illustration. A new law has been passed in North Carolina that allows women easier access to some prescription birth control.

New N.C. law provides access to birth control without a prescription

House Bill 96 allows certified pharmacists to provide oral contraceptives to patients after conducting a consultation.  Although the law went into effect on Feb. 1, Campus Health director of Pharmacy and Professional Services Amy Sauls said individuals will not be able to walk into a pharmacy and get birth control just yet. UNC junior Yena Ismail said she hopes the law will help individuals make choices they feel are the best for their bodies. “It's going to help a lot of people take control of their health and help them regain some sort of bodily autonomy,” Ismail said.

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