“‘Let’s get on with this and enjoy our holiday,’ said state Senator Tom Apodaca (R), prompting protesters to shout ‘Shame!’ from the gallery.” – The Huffington Post
I’m exhausted. I’ve been protesting at the NC General Assembly all morning, only to watch the Republican majority pass an unneeded, unwanted, unethical bill restricting abortion access in my state. As it stands, only one clinic will remain to serve about 5 million women.
Haven’t heard about this? That’s because, in hopes of avoiding a repeat “Wendy Davis situation,” NC Republicans tacked this surprise anti-choice bill onto an existing bill about Sharia Law, and presented it to the state Senate at 5:30 pm last night. That’s right – LAST NIGHT. AFTER BUSINESS HOURS. DURING A MAJOR HOLIDAY WEEK.
There were still several hundred pro-choice advocates on the scene this morning – we filled the gallery, flowed out into the lobby, and lined the streets. But, but, but. To no avail.
I’m too worn out and, frankly, still shocked, to explain all this well. Essentially, what was avoided in Texas last week just happened in NC. It remains to be seen whether the Governor will sign the bill into law, but my Spidey senses point to “yes.” Please click the image to watch a PERFECT video of NC Senator Nesbitt (my new hero) explaining what happened and why the “sneak attack” was so despicable:
Here’s more at the Huffington Post. Wish us luck, y’all – North Carolina is going under fast.