North Carolina Republicans tried to pull a fast one...
North Carolina citizens are protesting Republicans that they say are out of control. Over the last two months, activists and civil leaders have been protesting extreme Right-wing policies in weekly “Moral Monday” rallies. This week, more than 2,000 people gathered at the state capitol in Raleigh, to oppose anti-abortion legislation being considered by state lawmakers.
The public outcry over that bill's extreme provisions led Republican Governor Pat McCrory to threaten a veto if the bill made it to his desk. So - the measure stalled. However, GOP state lawmakers came up with a sneaky new way to put the abortion restrictions into law. Yesterday, Republicans in the North Carolina House of Representatives attached anti-choice measures to a motorcycle safety bill, without notifying the public or fellow legislators.
Democratic State Representative Joe Sam Queen tweeted, “New abortion bill being heard in the committee I am on. The public didn't know. I didn't even know.” He then added, “I wish I had more time to look at this new bill before I had to ask questions about it or debate it.” Apparently, GOP legislators removed some of the most extreme anti-abortion provisions, in an effort to avoid another veto threat. However, Governor McCrory wasn't fooled by the Republican's ploy. He condemned the deceptive way the legislation was brought forward, and called the bill a “sham.”
Upon learning of the Republicans' devious tactics, North Carolina residents and activists were outraged. Melissa Reid, of Planned Parenthood, said, “It is a disgrace to North Carolina that legislators have again resorted to sneak attacks to move their anti-women's health agenda forward. This is outrageous and [it's] not how the people's business should be conducted.” After this latest Republican attempt to push extreme policies in North Carolina, it's likely that there will be an even larger crowd at the next “Moral Monday” protest.