03 7 / 2013

Among the abortion provisions:

CONSCIENCE PROTECTION: The bill would allow any health care provider, not just doctors and nurses, to opt out of providing abortion-related services.

ABORTION FUNDING LIMITS: The bill would prohibit health plans offered on the federal health care exchanges from offering abortion coverage. It would also prohibit state funds from being used for abortions, except to save the life of the mother in case of rape or incest. It would also prohibits city and county health plans from offering abortion coverage more extensive than the coverage offered to state employees. The state health plan does not cover abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother.

SEX SELECTIVE ABORTIONS: The measure prohibits doctors from performing an abortion if they know the woman seeking it is doing so because of the gender of the baby.

"This is something we see happening across the country," Schaffer said. 

But Reed said that was not the case. Doctors cannot determine the sex of a baby until five months of pregnancy without expensive tests she said. While sex-selection abortions are practiced in other parts of the world, they are not common in the U.S., Reed said. The effect the bill, she insisted, would be to create an adversarial relationship between doctors, would could be sued under the measure, and patients. Reed said it could also prompt some doctors to engage in racial profiling against women who are from parts of the world where sex selection abortions are practiced.

DOCTORS: Doctors will be required to remain in the room for the entire abortion procedure, whether surgical or medical / chemical.

"The information that I’ve seen is that they (medical abortions) are even more dangerous than surgical procedures," said Sen. Warren Daniel, R-Burke, a primary sponsor of the Senate version of the bill.

Roughly half the abortions performed in the state are medical abortions.

"That’s not true, they’re extremely safe," Reed said. 

The practical effect of this rule will be to limit the number of abortions any one doctor could provide. 

A medical abortion is performed by a woman taking one pill, waiting two days, an then taking a second pill that contracts the uterus. It’s unclear for how much of that process the physician would have to be present. 

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS: The measure would require abortion clinics to have “transfer agreements” with local hospitals. Reed said the practical effect of that measure would be to limit how many clinics could operate, since some hospitals would refuse to engage in such agreements. The measure is meant to be similar, but not exactly the same, as provisions in other states that require doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Hospitals, Reed said, would have little incentive to sign such agreements. 

LICENSING: The measure would require abortions clinics to go through a licensing process similar outpatient surgical clinics.

Daniel insisted this provision merely “ensured we don’t have two different state standards” for outpatient clinics. 

"These are really safety procedures," Daniel said. 

However, Reed said other procedures with higher risk than abortion, such as oral surgery or colonoscopies, don’t fall under such provisions.

"They’re really putting a barrier in the way to access," Reed said. It will make clinics more expensive to operate. Currently, according to legislative staff, there is only one abortion clinic in the state that meets the outpatient surgical standards. Reed said she didn’t know where that clinic was. She said Planned Parenthood’s four North Carolina clinics did not meet the standard." 

(Fuente: feministquaintrelle, vía awkwardnessismycharisma)

22 5 / 2013

Rainbow around the bend on the parkway #nofilter #blueridgeparkway #rainbow

Rainbow around the bend on the parkway #nofilter #blueridgeparkway #rainbow

08 4 / 2013

onceuponawildflower:


Swannanoa Tunnel on the Old Fort Loops by esywlkr on Flickr.


Hell yea, Swannanoa represent

onceuponawildflower:

Swannanoa Tunnel on the Old Fort Loops by esywlkr on Flickr.

Hell yea, Swannanoa represent

(vía keyhole-peeker)

24 3 / 2013

Flowers outside work this morning

Flowers outside work this morning

03 7 / 2012

29 6 / 2012

nosillasmash:

It’s a belated half-Christmas miracle! (Taken with Instagram)

WHAT?! This just upped my going-back-to-North-Carolina level by a gazillion points

nosillasmash:

It’s a belated half-Christmas miracle! (Taken with Instagram)

WHAT?! This just upped my going-back-to-North-Carolina level by a gazillion points

26 6 / 2012

oh hay new tattoo.

oh hay new tattoo.

19 6 / 2012

weedporndaily:

(NORML) Hot on the heels of the Texas Democratic Party’sendorsement of marijuana decriminalization, theNorth Carolina Democratic Party endorsed two resolutions in support of marijuana law reform of their own. On Saturday, June 16th, the party held their state convention in Raleigh, NC. During this meeting they passed two reform minded resolutions, one calling for the legalization of medical marijuana and one for the industrial cultivation of hemp. The official text of the resolutions are as follows:

51. IN SUPPORT OF LEGALIZING MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NORTH CAROLINA (11TH CD)

  • WHEREAS, “Medical Marijuana” has been demonstrated to be an effective drug for treatment of certain human ailments; and
  • WHEREAS, Current North Carolina law denies doctors the right to treat patients by prescribing Medical Marijuana; and
  • WHEREAS, Many states currently allow doctors to prescribe Medical Marijuana, a policy resulting in relief from pain and suffering for their patients; and
  • WHEREAS, Many other treatments legally prescribed by doctors are known to be extremely dangerous when misused.
  • THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the State of North Carolina grant doctors the right to prescribe Medical Marijuana in the same way they prescribe other drugs; and
  • BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That the State of North Carolina legalize the use of Medical Marijuana.

52. IN SUPPORT OF THE RENEWAL OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP AS AN AGRICULTURAL CROP IN NORTH CAROLINA (11TH CD)

  • WHEREAS, in 2006, the N.C. State Legislature passed a Bill (House 1723/Senate 1572) to create an independent commission to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp, among other studies, but there has never been any report or follow through to the study, and
  • WHEREAS, American companies are forced to import millions of dollar’s worth of hemp seed and fiber products annually from Canada, Europe, and China, thereby effectively denying American farmers an opportunity to compete and share in the profits; and
  • WHEREAS, nutritious hemp foods can be found in grocery stores nationwide and strong durable hemp fibers can be found in the interior parts of millions of American cars; and
  • WHEREAS, buildings are being constructed using hemp and lime mixture, thereby sequestering carbon; and
  • WHEREAS, retail sales of hemp products in this country are estimated to be over $400 million annually; and
  • WHEREAS, industrial hemp is a high-value low input crop that is not genetically modified, requires little or no pesticides, can be dry land farmed, and uses less fertilizer than wheat and corn; and
  • WHEREAS, the reluctance of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to permit industrial hemp farming is denying agricultural producers in this country the ability to benefit from a high value, low-input crop, which can provide significant economic benefits to producers and manufacturers; and
  • WHEREAS, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has the authority under the Controlled Substances Act to allow this state to regulate industrial hemp farming under existing laws and without requiring individual federal applications and licenses.
  • THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That N.C. Democratic Party urge legislators to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity; to define industrial hemp in Federal law as non-psychoactive and genetically identifiable species of the genus Cannabis; to acknowledge that allowing and encouraging farmers to produce industrial hemp will improve the balance of trade by promoting domestic sources of industrial hemp; and to assist United States producers by removing barriers to State regulation of the commercial production of industrial hemp; and
  • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we urge the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to allow the State to regulate industrial hemp farming under existing state laws and regulations, or those to be passed, without requiring federal applications, licenses, or fees; and
  • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State shall forward copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the Attorney General of the United States, the Administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, and to each member of the state’s Congressional Delegation.

Source: North Carolina Democratic Party 2012 Resolutions

14 6 / 2012

This drawing will soon be a tattoo on my upper arm/shoulder-pretty excited about it

This drawing will soon be a tattoo on my upper arm/shoulder-pretty excited about it

27 5 / 2012

12 4 / 2012

04 4 / 2012

This has always been my favorite mural in Asheville, it’s beautiful and makes me want someone to bring me flowers.

This has always been my favorite mural in Asheville, it’s beautiful and makes me want someone to bring me flowers.