Abortion showdown coming to Raleigh

The Tarheel Taliban are in rare form on many fronts, not least of which is their never-ending crusade to control women. Bills designed to impose further restrictions on abortion are flying fast and furious in the General Assembly. All of which promise a serious showdown with Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory.

As you may remember, McCrory took a clear and unequivocal position on abortion back when he was a candidate. Here's a word-for-word transcription from his debate with Dalton, in which Laura Leslie was one of the moderators.

Laura Leslie: What further restrictions on abortion would you agree to sign?
McCrory: None.

Of course, McCrory took clear positions on other issues, and has felt completely free to ignore his own pledges. My prediction? McCrory will not actually sign any bills that further restrict abortion, but neither will he veto them. As a result, all of the bills will become law anyway, without any action on his part. Thus he will be keeping his word in a literal sense, while absolutely scamming North Carolina voters in every other sense.

Mark my words.


Gonna get ugly

Can't wait to see McCrory bobbin' and weavin' as he pretends to be a man of integrity.

The only promises

The only promises DAG McCrory will be keeping are the one's he made to the Pope and the Duke.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Paper Tigers on Abortion

These laws won't stop abortion, but they will make the legislators feel good about themselves. People will just go to other states or do it on their own. Yet noble intentions, not results, is what matters to this General Assembly, because they think God can't tell the difference.

Rough map of abortion access in NC

For those interested, there's a rough map of abortion providers in NC at the Daily Beast. If you run your mouse over NC, it will show you the counties with clinics - note that the areas without a clinic are mainly in northwest and northeast NC. I'm guessing the teen pregnancy rate is pretty high in those areas compared to the rest of the state.

Liberals and progressives in NC should be working with some data geeks (hello UNC system profs and students) to make interactive maps on issues like this for easy reference, especially that present the "bigger picture" of an issue like counties with abortion providers versus teen pregnancy rates and numbers like children per household.

A feature that needs to be changed

I said it before when Bev was Governor, and I'll say it again: legislation should not become law unless the Executive agrees, or his/her Veto is overriden.

It's nothing more than a responsibility "escape hatch", which both parties benefit from at the expense of the people.