Politics & Government
4:52 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

House Passes Abortion Teaching Bill

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Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would require seventh graders and above to learn that abortions are a risk factor for pre-term births.

A Democratic representative introduced an amendment to the bill that called abortion and other factors risks rather than causes. The amendment passed.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

House Tentatively Passes Abortion Teaching Bill

NC legislature.
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Lawmakers in the state House have tentatively passed a bill that would require students in grade seven and higher to learn that abortion is a preventable cause of pre-term birth.

Republican Edgar Starnes spoke in support of the bill earlier today, saying the more information students have, the better.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Ipas Celebrates 40 Years

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Anu Kumar, executive vice president for development, community relations and community access at Ipas joins host Frank Stasio in the studio

  Forty years ago, the controversial supreme court decision Roe Versus Wade ushered in a new era of reproductive rights and touched off a culture war that has waged ever since.

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Tue May 28, 2013

The Fight Over Abortion In North Carolina

Abortion activists at a rally in Miami.
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A panel of experts discuss the fight over abortion legislation in North Carolina from The State of Things.

Host Frank Stasio speaks to a panel of experts to discuss the fight over abortion legislation in North Carolina. Jessica Jones is WUNC’s Capitol Bureau Chief; Suzanne Buckley is the Executive Director of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) Pro-Choice North Carolina; Tami Fitzgerald is the executive director of North Carolina Values Coalition; and Erika Levi is an OB/GYN and abortion provider in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Politics & Government
7:29 am
Thu May 16, 2013

House Tentatively Passes Abortion Bill

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State lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that would prohibit some health plans from offering abortion coverage.

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Senate Committee Approves Abortion Teaching Bill

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Jessica Jones reports about an abortion-related bill that passed a state Senate committee.

A bill that would make public educators teach students that abortions can cause preterm births is headed to the state Senate floor.

It’s one of a raft of measures introduced this session aimed at restricting and reducing the number of abortions. Senate Bill 132 would require health instructors teaching students in the seventh grade and older to include information about what the bill calls “preventable causes of preterm birth, including induced abortion.”

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Politics & Government
4:30 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Judge Stops Anti-Abortion License Plates

A judge has ruled that anti-abortion license plates will not be allowed in North Carolina until there is an option for people with an opposing view.

U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled that the government cannot allow for speech on just one side of an issue. The General Assembly passed a bill last year allowing license plates that said "Choose Life" to be sold. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a law suit last year. Chris Brook is Legal Director of the ACLU in North Carolina.

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State of Things
8:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Intimate Wars


An experience early in Merle Hoffman’s career as a counselor solidified her life’s mission.  She was asked to speak to and comfort a woman who was struggling with the decision to have an abortion. Holding that woman’s hand on that difficult day started Hoffman on the path of advocating for the reproductive rights of women everywhere.

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6:00 am
Fri September 30, 2011

New Abortion Law Faces Federal Lawsuit

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are among several groups who filed a federal lawsuit today opposing new restrictions on abortions in North Carolina. The new state law requires women undergo specific counseling, view an ultrasound, and wait 24 hours before having an abortion. The groups argue that violates the free speech and due process rights of health care providers and women seeking abortions. Donna Burkett is Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Health Systems.

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8:35 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Anti-Abortion License Plates Draw Federal Suit

Anti-Abortion License Plate
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The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is filing a federal lawsuit alleging the state's adoption of "Choose Life" license plates is unconstitutional on the grounds that a pro-choice alternative isn't offered. Katherine Lewis Parker is a Legal Director at the ACLU.

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