For Immediate Release

NARAL Pro-Choice America and North Carolina on Popular Opposition to Anti-Choice Bill HB695

WASHINGTON - Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Executive Director Suzanne Buckley were on-the-ground in North Carolina to oppose anti-choice bill HB695 and are available to comment on the referral of the legislation to the House for a concurrence vote.

NARAL Pro-Choice America released the following remarks as prepared from President Ilyse Hogue’s address to a rally of concerned North Carolina voters this morning opposing the legislation:

“North Carolina is not alone. In too many states, politicians are carrying the water for a radical minority who think they know how to live our lives better than we do. And these folks believe the ends justify the means. They don't care if women get hurt, if children are lied to, and they certainly don't care if politicians skirt due process, the laws of our land, to get their way.

“Are these North Carolina values? Are these American values? Inserting politicians into our private medical decisions? Shutting down the clinics we depend on? Turning doctors into criminals? Forcing teachers to lie to students about abortion?

“I’m guessing that parents here in North Carolina teach their kids the difference between right and wrong, just like my parents did in Texas. And I bet one of the first lessons you learned, just like I did, was that cheaters never win.”

For her full remarks as prepared for the rally today, click here. Please note that these remarks may have been modified for delivery.


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NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina released the following excerpt from testimony as submitted to the House Health and Human Services Committee by Executive Director Suzanne Buckley:

“House Bill 695 is out of touch with the more than three-quarters of North Carolinians who believe lawmakers have no place in a woman’s personal, private reproductive health care decisions. The vast majority of North Carolinians want the legislature to focus on jobs, the economy, education, and access to health care, not stripping away women’s reproductive choices, decimating civil rights and attacking the poor.”

North Carolina’s HB695 includes a package of bills that threatens to close all but one clinic in the state. It includes measures that would: require abortion providers to undergo unnecessary building renovations designed solely to put them out of business, criminalize doctors who provide abortion care to intimidate them out of offering care at all, and prohibit insurers from offering policies that cover abortions – even if the insured pays entirely with their own funds or if the woman’s health is in danger.

View NARAL’s campaign to hold Governor McCrory to his word:

Read NARAL’s statement on HB695.

To speak to Ilyse Hogue or Suzanne Buckley, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or


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NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."

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