Human Rights

F**k the haters: June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

By Patrick Zarcone / May 31, 2024 / Comments Off on F**k the haters: June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

Pride is about loving who you love, embracing who you are and being who you were meant to be. Sometimes, the greatest act of resistance is to be who you are and to continue to love in a world that’s increasingly pushing us toward hate.

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Mifepristone case: Supreme Court holds first abortion-related hearing since overturning Roe

By Patrick Zarcone / April 1, 2024 / Comments Off on Mifepristone case: Supreme Court holds first abortion-related hearing since overturning Roe

The effort to ban mifepristone is a direct attack on a common and essential type of health care. Neither judges nor politicians should have any say or control over the private health care decisions of others.

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Sympathy for ‘fetal personhood’ – the argument used in Alabama court’s shocking IVF decision – already exists in NC’s court system

By Patrick Zarcone / March 1, 2024 / Comments Off on Sympathy for ‘fetal personhood’ – the argument used in Alabama court’s shocking IVF decision – already exists in NC’s court system

The chances of a ruling like Alabama’s happening in North Carolina are not out of the realm of possibility, considering the conservative state Supreme Court’s increasingly political (and personal) actions and rulings.

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Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, ex-Trump administration officials and allies in lockstep on total abortion bans

By Patrick Zarcone / February 23, 2024 / Comments Off on Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, ex-Trump administration officials and allies in lockstep on total abortion bans

Allies of Donald Trump and ex-administration officials are working on plans to severely restrict abortion rights on the national level. At the same time, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and his campaign have also expressed an interest in a complete ban on abortion in NC.

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Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson believes trans people should be arrested for using public bathrooms, insists they ‘find a corner outside’ instead

By Patrick Zarcone / February 16, 2024 / Comments Off on Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson believes trans people should be arrested for using public bathrooms, insists they ‘find a corner outside’ instead

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s latest comments on transgender people indicates that he would be in favor of bringing back HB 2, a bill that led to billions in economic losses for NC, as well as international embarrassment.

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NC Gov. Roy Cooper, AG Josh Stein sign on to Supreme Court briefs aimed at protecting reproductive freedoms

By Patrick Zarcone / February 9, 2024 / Comments Off on NC Gov. Roy Cooper, AG Josh Stein sign on to Supreme Court briefs aimed at protecting reproductive freedoms

Gov. Roy Cooper and AG Josh Stein have both signed their names to SCOTUS briefs asking the court to protect access to the medication abortion drug mifepristone.

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NC faith leaders hold abortion access event in Raleigh as Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson continues to use his religion to attack women’s rights

By Patrick Zarcone / January 26, 2024 / Comments Off on NC faith leaders hold abortion access event in Raleigh as Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson continues to use his religion to attack women’s rights

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is a man who uses his Christian faith as a cudgel to bat away the ideas of women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, civil rights, religious freedom and social welfare.

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Bills targeting trans youth are now NC law after Republicans override 6 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes

By Patrick Zarcone / August 18, 2023 / Comments Off on Bills targeting trans youth are now NC law after Republicans override 6 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes

“The legislature finally comes back [and they] pass legislation that discriminates, makes housing less safe, blocks FEMA disaster recovery funding, hurts the freedom to vote and damages our economy,” said Gov. Cooper.

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Rep. Tricia Cotham’s betrayal continues to harm the LGBTQ+ community she claimed to be ‘a champion of’ while campaigning

By Patrick Zarcone / July 17, 2023 / Comments Off on Rep. Tricia Cotham’s betrayal continues to harm the LGBTQ+ community she claimed to be ‘a champion of’ while campaigning

Since switching to the GOP, Tricia Cotham has shown she was lying when she said “I have been a champion of LGBTQ+ rights throughout my public service … I will stand strong against discriminatory legislation.”

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Federal judge could block parts of NC’s extreme abortion ban; decision expected Friday

By Patrick Zarcone / June 29, 2023 / Comments Off on Federal judge could block parts of NC’s extreme abortion ban; decision expected Friday

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles indicated that she may put temporary holds on some parts of North Carolina’s abortion ban that is set to become law on Saturday.

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