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Sunday March 26th


Maya Jackson, the founder of Mobilizing African American Mothers Through Empowerment (MAAME), spends some time with her son August at MAAME's Durham office space.

End of Roe v. Wade adds uncertainty to Black maternal health crisis

Mobilizing African American Mothers Through Empowerment (MAAME) is a nonprofit, community-based maternal health organization that serves Black, Indigenous, and people of color who give birth, as well as LGBTQ+ and low-income birthing people and their families in the Triangle. Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overturning of Roe v. Wade may create greater maternal health inequity for low-income, LGBTQ+ people and people of color in North Carolina, said maternal and child health doctoral candidate Caitlin Williams. 

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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein delivers a talk at UNC on January 24, 2018.

North Carolina Department of Justice says it will not move to reinforce the state's 20-week abortion ban

The North Carolina Department of Justice will not move to lift the injunction in Bryant v. Woodall.  According to North Carolina state law, pregnancies are banned after 20 weeks.  The case argues that the 20-week ban is unconstitutional, as it is several weeks prior to viability and would prevent healthcare providers from administering some pre-viability abortions.

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Atlas Rodgers (he/they) stands in the Coker Arboretum on July 9th, 2022. Rodgers is in the process of correcting his sex on his birth record.

Per new court ruling, transgender people can change sex on N.C. birth records without surgery

Transgender people born in North Carolina will now be able to change the sex designation on their birth certificates without the requirement of gender-affirming surgery per a decision by the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in late June.  The change is a result of a lawsuit filed in November 2021 on behalf of adult plaintiff Lillith Campos and two minors identified as C.B. and M.D who were all born in the state and identify as transgender. 

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Campus Health Services, located in the James A. Taylor building, offers a variety of medical services including nutrition, pharmacy, radiology, counseling and psychological services and other wellness care.

A guide to reproductive health resources for the Chapel Hill community

A guide to reproductive health resources for UNC students and Chapel Hill community members. Abortion is still legal in North Carolina up to 20 weeks of pregnancy. There are several campus, local and national organizations that provide birth control and abortion services. If your organization is providing reproductive care or safe abortion access in the Chapel Hill area, please email to have information added to this article. 

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The North Carolina General Assembly building in Raleigh, N.C. on Jan. 29, 2020.

Parents' Bill of Rights passes N.C. Senate, moves back to N.C. House with amendment

House Bill 755, Parent’s Bill of Rights, passed in the N.C. Senate with an amendment on Wednesday.  Sen. Michael V. Lee, R-New Hanover, sent forward the amendment, which fixed a clerical error with the numbering of the bill and clarified the definition of parents to include all legal guardians.  The bill’s controversy comes from sections that would require parental notification if a student uses a different name or pronoun and would prohibit the instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in K-3 curriculums.

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The North Carolina General Assembly building in Raleigh, N.C.

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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