Let them eat pastries?

Posted July 31, 2013

— Maybe there's a "House of Cards" fan at the Governor's Mansion – or maybe just someone with a sweet tooth. 

Tuesday, the day after he signed a bill adding new restrictions on abortion in North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory and a retinue of security guards ventured out of the mansion to bring abortion-rights protestors a plate of cookies.

McCrory called protestor Jamie Sohn out into the middle of Blount Street to hand her the plate. Then he returned to the mansion. 

Protestors said there was no conversation, aside from a "God bless you" from the governor.

The event, captured in photos on Planned Parenthood's Facebook page, didn't go over well with the protestors. They returned the plate of cookies to the mansion gates with a note that read, "Gov McCrory: we'll take women's healthcare over cookies."

Gov. McCrory and Sohn

Paige Johnson with Planned Parenthood says McCrory never responded to the group's petitions and calls to meet with them. 

However, she said, the governor did wave at them from a mansion balcony Monday, shortly after signing the bill they were protesting. 

"On Monday, we stood in front of his mansion all day urging him to veto the legislation. Instead, he chose to sign it while we stood outside his gates," Johnson said. "On Tuesday, he crossed the street with a security entourage to bring us cookies."

Johnson said she doesn't believe McCrory would have done the same if the protestors were men. 

"Perhaps no move to date reveals the condescension Gov. McCrory truly feels towards women and women's health than his prank Tuesday," she said. "At least now we know where McCrory stands on women's health. What he needs to know is that we're in it for the long run."

Later Tuesday night, McCrory staffers tried the pastry gambit again, this time bringing slices of cake out to three protestors camped out on the sidewalk.


The photo, posted by one of the protestors, went viral among Democrats and others already baffled by the cookie plate. 

Several political observers said the gesture resembles a recent episode of the Netflix political series "House of Cards," in which operative Frank Underwood uses barbecue to break up a picket line of striking teachers.   

McCrory spokeswoman Kim Genardo says the governor wasn't trying to send a message. She said the cake was brought out at about 10:30 Tuesday night by an mansion employee "who was responding to a child's request."  

Genardo said the child was outside the mansion at the gate.


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  • scvmcdoc Aug 1, 3:41 p.m.

    You should be advocating for more availability of birth control...jackflash123

    Free condoms are available at every health department in the state. I shouldn't be doing anything, people need to be more responsible for their own actions.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 1, 3:28 p.m.

    It insults adult intelligence for you to compare the abortion of a developing and growing baby to that of a miscarried egg that failed to attach to the uterine wall.

    When you are able to discuss this without being intellectually dishonest, I will be more than happy to debate the topic.

    And you are 100% wrong about the Bible verses you quoted meaning what you claim they mean. But that is another example of your intellectual dishonesty.

  • jackflash123 Aug 1, 2:28 p.m.

    "Who said anything about the Bible? You brought that up, not me.
    I'm in IT. I apply logic to my thought processes, and very little emotion (or religion). I agree that we don't want a religious theocracy. I don't want that, either.
    To me, a fertilized egg has everything it needs from conception to eventually develop into what we call an adult human being."

    Well, I mentioned the Bible first, and then you told me I was wrong. I wasn't, and I'm still not. That fertilized egg? It has a small chance of attaching to the uterine wall at all. Most fertilized eggs are miscarried before a woman even knows she is pregnant. If abortion kills a baby, so too does the miscarriage of any fertilized egg. You should be advocating for more availability of birth control to prevent such fertilization in the first place if all it takes is fertilization for you to consider it a baby.

  • sunneyone2 Aug 1, 2:12 p.m.

    Gammasandi (and several other people) said: "Women and men should "Plan Parenthood" before they drop their clothes..."

    Of course condoms NEVER break, people don't get raped, people don't have health issues that come up during pregnancy. /sarcasm
    And y'all keep blaming WOMEN for pregnancy. MEN are involved as well. If people were properly educated about contraception a lot of these pregnancies would be prevented in the first place.

    But aside from the abortion argument, the point here is that the Governor made an insulting gesture to the protestors. What he did was utter nonsense.

  • scvmcdoc Aug 1, 10:41 a.m.

    jackflash123, keep the spin going. Sooner or later you will convince yourself.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 1, 10:33 a.m.

    "No, and lucky for you, the Bible doesn't, either, b/c we're not a theocracy. If it did, it would not support your definition, so as it stands, you can pretend it says something else instead."

    Who said anything about the Bible? You brought that up, not me.

    I'm in IT. I apply logic to my thought processes, and very little emotion (or religion). I agree that we don't want a religious theocracy. I don't want that, either.

    To me, a fertilized egg has everything it needs from conception to eventually develop into what we call an adult human being. All it needs is a place to sleep at night (just like the rest of us), and nourishment (just like the rest of us). The rest is handled by the little developing baby. A baby in the womb depends on an adult as he/she develops. A newborn, toddler, etc., also has that dependency. The difference is one is further along on the journey to adulthood than the other. But make no mistake, both are developing human beings. And both deserve the same rights.

  • fuzzmom Aug 1, 9:49 a.m.

    MarieLegend has it that when the queen of France, Marie Antoinette, was told that the poor people didn’t have any bread to eat she responded, “Let them eat cake.”

  • jackflash123 Aug 1, 8:57 a.m.

    "Rb ( Nephesh) is closing down badly and barely functional women's clinics so bad??"

    No, that's a good thing. Why, though, were no nonpartisan doctors' groups consulted on this? Where is the evidence that bad clinics warranted more than individual attention? Why was it snuck into a motorcycle bill that Democrats had no prior knowledge of?

    The entire process was dishonest, which impugns the claim that it was all about women's health. It was about not being able to make abortion completely illegal, so they would make it as difficult as possible.

  • jackflash123 Jul 31, 10:33 p.m.

    "One I can say for everyonehere, aren't we all glad that our mother felt we were a child when we were in her womb and she didn't choose to have us aborted?"

    Oh, definitely! I'm glad it was a choice, too, as opposed to something she was forced to do after having been denied access to birth control or informative sex ed by legislatures who pay more attention to lobbyists than to medical professionals. It just matters more this way.

  • gammasandi Jul 31, 10:26 p.m.

    has nothing to do with the law, Kai...it is harmful to the fetus...think!!