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Women need federal action

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

When I was pregnant with my youngest son, Elias, I was told at 16 weeks that if I continued my pregnancy, I was risking my own death and leaving my sons and husband without me. “If it comes down to it,” my care team asked, “Do you want us to save you or your unborn child?”

My husband did not get to make that decision — only I could make that decision. Despite my infinite love for my children and family, I made the decision for doctors to save my baby- if they could not save us both.

This experience has shaped my views and policy positions on abortion rights. I reject the premise that one must be either pro-life or pro-choice. I am proudly both.

With the rise of back door attempts at overturning Roe v. Wade across several states — I believe that it is imperative for Congress to enact federal protection of women’s rights to reproductive health care and access to abortion.

This federal law should prohibit states from or unnecessary authorizations for women to access treatment, or defund Planned Parenthood services and Community Health Centers that provide access to care.

Sen. Erica Smith

Gaston

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August 20, 2019

The east branch of the Shepard Memorial library is one of the best library's in the USA.

Today a man on a John Deere three wheeler pulling a small trailer with a sprayer tank mounted on the trailer was spraying some kind of chemical around the entrances and other areas around the library. The…

August 19, 2019

Many fear that President Trump is “an existential threat” to our nation and our world. That fear is nothing new.

In 2017, Dr. Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine who specializes in violence prevention, felt compelled to organize a conference of mental…

August 19, 2019

Now that Greg Murphy has won the nomination to run for North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, I have some questions for him.

You promised to support President Trump’s agenda. Ok, let’s see.

Will you vote to lower pollution standards so that our air and water pollution will…

August 19, 2019

In 2008, Senate Republican leader “Moscow Mitch” McConnell delegitimized his party by deciding with his colleagues not to support a single policy initiative of Obama's, even ideas that originated on their side, like the individual mandate. Then they destroyed the rest of their…

August 18, 2019

I am writing with regard to Senate Bill 559 now pending before the state House. Public commentary has focused upon the provision that this bill will allow Duke Energy to apply for multi-year rate structures which may extend up to five years.

Under current law, energy providers such as Duke have to…

August 18, 2019

This letter is written to thank Dr. Greg Murphy for the outstanding work he has done in his relatively short tenure as a member of the state House of Representatives.

Murphy’s work has been distinguished by results and compelling by content. As the only physician in the legislature, Murphy in…

August 18, 2019

I can’t think of a statistic offered by the anti-gun lobby that is not at least misleading if not simply wrong. For example, according to CDC, the 2016 rate of firearm-related deaths in children 0-19 was 3.5 per 100,00, not 11 as a recent letter indicated. Anti-gun statistics also…

August 17, 2019

After the latest round of horrific mass murders, it is time that our local, state and national governments take real and effective steps to reduce this alarming and tragic trend. Other countries have done so effectively and there is no reason that we can not and should not.

It is not simply a…

August 17, 2019

Driving home down Elm Street is made glorious in spite of the killer heat by the hot pink crepe myrtles exploding in beauty. As I pass the Little League park, the Baptist church, Eppes Junior High and onto my beloved Forest Hill Drive (where the temperature drops 10 degrees because of the canopy of…

August 17, 2019

Before I was able to finish a letter regarding the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, another one occurred in Dayton, Ohio. I heard on the news today that more Americans have been killed in the U.S. in the past 24 hours than were killed in Afghanistan in 2017 and 2018 combined.

Mass killings have…

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