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Lauren McCarthy


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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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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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