Pro-Choice North Carolina

Who We Are

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Pro-Choice North Carolina is a statewide organization that works exclusively to protect and advance the reproductive rights of all North Carolinians. We advocate for rights to and support of whatever reproductive health care decisions people make for themselves, including preventing pregnancy, abortion, and carrying a pregnancy safely to term. We advocate with the 80% of North Carolinians who believe people should be able to access abortion without government interference.

What We Do

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We organize our thousands of activists across the state to raise their voices for access to comprehensive reproductive health care options, including abortion. Our activists work to change stigmatizing narratives around abortion and sexual and reproductive health. They will share our stories and voices with their communities, the media, and elected officials, and represent the 8 in 10 North Carolinians who support abortion.

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We work in partnership with progressive allies to advance local and state legislation to protect and expand reproductive freedom and abortion access in our state and to prevent the passage of anti-abortion and regressive policies and laws.

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Work in partnership with progressive allies to advance local and state legislation to protect and expand reproductive freedom in our state, and to prevent anti-choice and regressive policies from being enacted.

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We hold elected officials accountable for advancing reproductive rights, health, justice, and abortion access for all North Carolinians.

Our History

Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation is our organization’s research, education, and outreach arm. Our Foundation works to support and protect access to all reproductive health care options and the ability for each North Carolinian to make reproductive health decisions that are best for them and their family. We advance our mission through advocacy, community education, and civic engagement. We work with policymakers to defend against anti-abortion attacks and advocate for policies that protect and advance reproductive rights. We also work to educate our community about the impacts of harmful restrictions, punishing policies, and stigma on the reproductive health and freedom of our communities.

1977

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina founded

1993

Played instrumental role in the passing of legislation to protect access to abortion clinics.

2004

  • Sent more than 5,000 North Carolinians to the March for Women's Lives in Washington, DC.
  • Endorsed 44 candidates for statewide office, 88% of whom were elected.

2006

  • Released Choosing Lies and Deception: Crisis Pregnancy Centers in North Carolina study.
  • Increased the Women's Health Services Fund by $200,000, the first increase in public funds for family planning in 13 years.
  • Instrumental in passing of legislation to correct medical inaccuracies and reduce bias against gays and lesbians in North Carolina’s sexuality education statute, the first piece of proactive legislation on reproductive health to get a vote in ten years.

2007

Launched the first ever door-to-door pro-choice canvas in the South (through March 2009).

2010

Began investigation of North Carolina's Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

2011

Published 1st CPC Report: The Truth Revealed- North Carolina’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

2013

  • Inspired 67,300 North Carolinians to take action to defeat bills limiting contraceptive coverage and requiring notarized parental consent for reproductive health care and counseling.
  • Oppose Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) law campaign launched.

2015

Launched Campus Leader internship program, engaging college and university students across North Carolina in abortion and reproductive rights advocacy and education on their campuses.

2017

Published second report on crisis pregnancy centers, The Landscape of CPCs: North Carolina’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

2018

  • Passed 3 local resolutions calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
  • Led the fight in North Carolina against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

2019

Defeated the anti-abortion SB 359 when the NC House upheld Governor Cooper's veto, making North Carolina the only state in the South to defeat this kind of bill.

2020

Passed a fourth local resolution calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, making North Carolina the state with the most local resolutions in the U.S.

2021

Disaffiliated from NARAL Pro-Choice America and rebranded as Pro-Choice North Carolina

Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation

Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation is our organization’s research, education, and outreach arm. Our Foundation works to support and protect access to all reproductive health care options and the ability for each North Carolinian to make reproductive health decisions that are best for them and their family. We advance our mission through advocacy, community education, and civic engagement. We work with policymakers to defend against anti-abortion attacks and advocate for policies that protect and advance reproductive rights. We also work to educate our community about the impacts of harmful restrictions, punishing policies, and stigma on the reproductive health and freedom of our communities.

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Board of Directors

Pro-Choice North Carolina

Margaret Crites, Chair

Lori Bunton

Jill Sergison

Karen Stegman

Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation

Latoya Brooks, PhD, MSW, Chair

A. Jenna Beckham, MD, MSPH, FACOG

Trude Bennett, Secretary

Tara Corbett

Jordin Dickerson

Kathy Greggs

Geoff Green, Treasurer

Valerie Ann Johnson, PhD

Heysoll Rodriguez

We are currently recruiting for new Board Directors for 2022! Learn more about our boards and view the board application.

Pro-Choice North Carolina PAC

Pro-Choice North Carolina PAC provides endorsements and helps elect candidates who support reproductive health, rights justice, and abortion access, and we work to actively defeat anti-abortion opponents.

View Our Endorsements