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Groups give GOP-led legislature failing grade on women's issues

Posted April 30, 2012

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— NC Women United, a coalition of left-leaning women's groups, on Monday gave the Republican leaders in the state House and Senate failing grades on women's issues for their work in the last legislative session.

President Jina Dhillon said the grades are part of the worst legislative report card NC Women United has ever issued.

"When you look at the report card, it's just boom, boom, boom, hit after hit on all fronts, in terms of economic self-sufficiency, access to health care, civic participation. It's just extremely disappointing," Dhillon said.

The report card cited several bills that the group says are harmful to women. One is the Women's Right to Know Law, which requires physicians to show an ultrasound to women seeking an abortion and explain to them what they're seeing.

Rep. Diane Parfitt, D-Cumberland, said she finds that law demeaning to women.

"This is probably the most difficult decision a woman has to make. I don't know of a woman who would do that lightly," said Parfitt, who is a nurse. "So, she doesn't need an added burden, an added obstruction, an added confrontation."

Another law singled out by NC Women United is a budget provision that bans the state from making grants to Planned Parenthood. Parfitt says state money already cannot be used for abortions.

NC Women United sign Republicans call women's issues report card partisan scare tactic

"It is specifically used for contraception counseling, for breast cancer and cervical cancer screening and for education," she said.

Federal judges have issued temporary stays against the Planned Parenthood funding ban and parts of the new abortion restrictions law.

The coalition of women's groups also said that the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman as the only legal domestic relationship in North Carolina could harm unmarried women and that legislation that would require voters to present identification at the polls would disproportionately affect women because they're less likely than men to have a state-issued ID.

Republican women called the report card a partisan scare tactic.

"As a woman, I am somewhat offended by the assertion that our policies are somehow directly aimed at restricting women's rights" said Rep. Marilyn Avila, R-Wake.

Avila pointed out that Republican women all voted for the measures cited by NC Women United.

"Rhetoric of this type is unproductive and unnecessary," she said.

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  • Krimson May 1, 2012

    "So the "imaginary" war on women continues from the left."

    Imaginary or not, if the perception perpetuated by the Left allows them to sway the vote of women while the Right does nothing to counter, the failure will still be the Rights...

  • sillywabbitthepatriot May 1, 2012

    "War on women"

    There is no war on women. All this amounts to is more attempts from the socialist left using the Saul Alinsky handbook. The ignorant ones are the women who fall for these shenanigans. Liberation is the result of independence away from entitlements. The more you depend on the goverment, the more control they have of you.

  • readyforchngin2012 May 1, 2012

    Why is this news...you can stop reading all the horse hockey after the first sentence...

  • teleman60 May 1, 2012

    More of the greatest hits from America's Taliban = the Republican fake religious, the "really just want to stir up the ignorant so they'll vote" party.

    I hope the women in this country vote against every Republican who was arrogant enough to think women NEED to be demeaned this way to keep them in line!

  • rocket May 1, 2012

    The headline should read "Women's group not seeing enough handouts. Blame GOP."

  • rocket May 1, 2012

    "Yup, the little right wing REPUBLICAN war on women is going to cost them BIG TIME this Fall."

    What war is that?

  • rocket May 1, 2012

    "NC Women United, a coalition of left-leaning women's groups, on Monday gave the Republican leaders in the state House and Senate failing grades on women's issues for their work in the last legislative session."

    Well duh.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant May 1, 2012

    So the "imaginary" war on women continues from the left.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot May 1, 2012

    So, a few left-leaning women who would never vote for a conservative if their life depended on it gave failing grades to Republicans.

    WRAL, you are so funny.

  • short May 1, 2012

    "NC Women United, a coalition of left-leaning women's groups, on Monday gave the Republican leaders in the state House and Senate failing grades on women's issues for their work in the last legislative session."........A left leaning group - enough said. It should be called " I want my freebies on the government/tax payer dole group".........Have all you want - now - you willing to pay for it?....Once again - enough said.....Abortions, Sex.....go for it all you want - dont ask me to pay for it.

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