Rep. Julie von Haefen: “Not expanding Medicaid, cutting funding to reproductive healthcare programs, and giving money to fake clinics tells us one thing: Women’s reproductive healthcare is not a priority for NCGA Republican leadership.”
North Carolina Republicans’ budget proposal is a partisan wishlist that fails to provide access to health care and sufficiently fund our schools while instead dedicating $9 million of taxpayer money to fund anti-abortion franchises.
These unlicensed and largely unregulated organizations do not provide medical care or clinical services – instead trying to block, intimidate, and shame people out of accessing abortion care. Instead of funding legitimate programs that would address the disproportionate maternal mortality among historically marginalized communities – the North Carolina Republicans insist on funding fake clinics which offer “no evidence of improving maternal/infant health outcomes, a critical metric in North Carolina, as our state has one of the highest maternal/infant mortality rates in the country, especially among Black families.”
Read more from a recent News and Observer editorial.