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North Carolina GOP Is Using An Anti-Sharia Bill To Sneak Through Extreme Abortion Restrictions


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North Carolina GOP Is Using An Anti-Sharia Bill To Sneak Through Extreme Abortion Restrictions

By Tara Culp-Ressler on Jul 3, 2013 at 9:05 am (Think Progress)

The North Carolina legislature is advancing a package of stringent abortion restrictions that appeared in the Senate this week without any public notice. The anti-abortion measures popped up on Tuesday night, tacked onto a controversial measure to ban Sharia law, and caught women’s health advocates completely off-guard.

House Bill 695, which would prohibit the recognition of Sharia law in family courts — an increasingly popular conservative tactic that essentially serves to demonize the Islamic faith — was slated for consideration in a Senate committee on Tuesday. As soon as that committee convened, it quickly approved several abortion-related amendments to the legislation. HB 695 now combines several different anti-abortion measures that were in different stages in the legislature into one omnibus measure.

The new amendments would prevent insurance plans on Obamacare’s health marketplaces from covering abortion services, ban “sex-selective” abortions, impose unnecessary restrictions on doctors administering the abortion pill to women, and require the state’s abortion clinics to adhere to complicated new regulations that would likely force most of them to close. A similar package of abortion restrictions has inspired weeks of protest in Texas, where thousands of reproductive rights activists have been rallying at the state capitol.

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  • Tanveer Khan

    Ah yes ofcourse. I have fallen victim to generalizing once again. I really should’ve been more responsible seeing as I have also also seen islamophobes admitting to being unfair. Thanks for reminding me Emir JSB. Sometimes I need a little poke. xD

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Maybe, maybe not. If you want to disabuse them of their errors, it helps to understand their thinking and find those that may be subject to reason, even if that is only a small subset of them.

    For example, I have acquaintances who have said things like: not all Muslims are bad, just those who support sharia / terrorism / the Palestinians. In those cases, it can sometimes be productive to point out a few things. First, are they being selective by imposing some litmus test on Muslims that they don’t impose on everyone else? Second, are they are making assumptions and assuming too narrow a focus?

    Sharia, for example, mandates charity; but, like any legal system, has rules that not everyone likes. I can say I support the U.S. Constitution, even if I don’t like every clause in it. With regard to terrorism, the narrow focus is assuming that that is somehow a tactic exclusively used by Muslims but not of many political groups, including Western governments. I am happy to say that everyone should be against terrorism, but I object to putting a special burden to denounce it on anyone just because of their religion or nationality. And with regard to Palestine, the underlying assumption in the statement is that support of Palestine means support of the worst acts of its government and supporters, a standard by which we could never support any country or people. I can proudly say that I support Palestine and I support Israel, meaning that I support the peaceful aspirations and activities of both and wish for the best for all of their citizens, even while condemning many actions of each.

    Now, maybe such logic will reach some Islamophobes, and maybe it will not. But, at least for those that are not completely loony, understanding them and taking their arguments seriously in an attempt to change their views may be worthwhile. I won’t say that it always works for me, but I have had some who at least admitted that on some issues they have been unfair or gone too far.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Beats me. I find it’s best not to reflect to deeply on the workings of the brain in islamophobes. xD

  • Yausari

    Exactly. what muslims decide is for muslims only. And sharia law wasn’t enforce to them. So what the big deal?

  • Tanveer Khan

    I think most muslims are against abortion (for non medical reasons) anyway.

  • Yausari

    Never heard any Muslim women protesting against anti-abortion. So what’s with the “I decide, she decide, we decide” coz in reality it’s “they decide (for us)”

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  • mindy1

    Abortion and Sharia, god forbid those legislators focus on USEFUL things :/

  • jacobin777 website has this news as well. The comments by practically everyone there are calling these Repulicans “hypocrites, bigots, and “American Taliban””. I am glad people are calling it for what it is. Gives me hope..:-)

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