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We are angry and heartbroken by the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs. While abortion in North Carolina remains safe and legal, no person should be forced to continue a pregnancy against their will. 

We know this ruling will have devastating consequences for our neighbors who are cis women, low-wealth, people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming, and communities of color all across our region.

Just like the state-based assault on reproductive freedom is made possible by power-hungry politicians drawn into gerrymandered districts, today’s Supreme Court reversal in Dobbs overturning the constitutional right to abortion is premised on the same free and fair elections that are currently under attack at every level and have not existed for many Americans for too long. 

The Court’s opinion says decisions about abortion should be returned to elected representatives, but gerrymandering prevents public support for abortion access from becoming public policy. As America mourns today’s Supreme Court decision, we can’t lose sight of the rigged, unfair system that underpins this decision.

While politicians are safe in their districts, this opinion makes clear no person seeking abortion access is safe in our country.

Throughout the next days, weeks, and months we will elevate organizations and resources to help people continue to make safe medical decisions impacting their futures. 

Now is the time to turn this step backward for human rights into concerted action. We will continue to fight for access to safe abortion access and medical care.

Reproductive justice events in NC on June 24, 2022:

Raleigh: Rally at 5:30 p.m. at Bicentennial Plaza, 1 E Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601.

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Charlotte: Rally at 6 p.m. in front of the Government Center, 600 E. 4th St., Charlotte, NC 28202.

Wilmington: Rally at 6 p.m. at Innis Park, 102 N 3rd St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Salisbury: Rally at 6 p.m. at Rowan County Government Administrative Offices, 130 W. Innes St., Salisbury NC 28144.

Marion: Rally at 8 p.m. at McDowell County Courthouse, 21 South Main St., Marion, NC 28752.

Greensboro: Rally at 7 p.m. at Eugene and Market Streets, 324 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27401.

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Felecia Phillips Ollie DD (h.c.) is the inspiring leader and founder of The Equality Network LLC (TEN). With a background in coaching, travel, and a career in news, Felecia brings a unique perspective to promoting diversity and inclusion. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in English/Communications, she is passionate about creating a more inclusive future. From graduating from Mississippi Valley State University to leading initiatives like the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program, Felecia is dedicated to making a positive impact. Join her journey on our blog as she shares insights and leads the charge for equity through The Equality Network.

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