Ssshhharlotte - TTS 63 (Choice)

On June 24, 2019, the Charlotte City Council passed an amended noise ordinance, prohibiting amplified sound within 150 feet of churches, schools, and health care facilities. In practice, it will mostly affect the noisy protests that regularly occur in front of the city's abortion clinics. The ordinance does not limit protesting immediately in front of the clinics – it only limits amplified speech and loud noise.

In this episode, we'll assault your ears with a few minutes of those protests from Charlotte, and another few minutes of our home-grown protests at a clinic in Raleigh, so you can get an idea of what the Charlotte City Council was considering (and what women seeking abortions have to confront as they enter and leave the clinics).

Then we've got a half hour of tightly edited comments from the Charlotte City Council meeting where the public made comments before the Council voted. The 'public' consisted mostly of anti-abortion protesters, countered by a much smaller group of pro-choice members of several women's groups and clinic employees.

The Council meeting went on for well over two hours. The 30-minute edit features a few of the anti-abortion protesters, who mostly took the opportunity to address what they see as the evils of abortion with a religion based argument. A few of them complained a little about censorship, while most of them failed to address the actual issues of the noise ordinance (why do they need amplifiers and speakers?). The pro-choice people all directly addressed the noise issue, so the edit includes more of them. The actual ratio of anti- to pro- was lopsided in the anti's favor.

The ordinance goes into effect on October 1, barring any (expected) court challenges and injunctions.


Joe Parrish for NC House (Dist. 56) - TTS 62 (2020)

Joe Parrish will be a candidate for the North Carolina House seat in NC District 56, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. Eventually we get around to talking about that. We begin with Joe’s participation in NC Democratic politics since he was a teen, and his support for a Transgender caucus (separate from the broader LGBTQ caucus) in the Democratic Party.


Veto NOverride Part TWO- TTS 61 (Choice)

In PART ONE we looked at activity surrounding the ‘debate’ and vote on the NC House Republican’s failed attempt to override Governor Cooper’s veto of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Senate Bill 359) .

Part TWO is the whole ‘debate’ . It runs about an hour. Several Republicans speak passionately (maybe a little cynically?) about the bill, while a lone Democrat pretty much demolishes their argument with logic. No minds (or votes) were changed. It’s all ‘more of the same’, so Gary adds some color commentary in an attempt to get you to watch this half of the episode.


Veto NOverride Part ONE - TTS 61 (Choice)

On Wednesday, June 5, the North Carolina House failed to override Governor Cooper’s veto of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Senate Bill 359). The TTS camera was there!

Here in Part ONE, we’ll show some of the activity before the House session, an interview with three women involved in the Pro Choice movement (NC NOW President Gailya Paliga, and two Planned Parenthood South Atlantic staffers: Lindsay Robinson, Director of Public Affairs and Dani Hoffpauir, Field Organizer).

In Part TWO, we’ll play the entire ‘debate’ with Gary’s color commentary just to make it a little more interesting.


Correction (Dammit) - TTS 60 (Politics)

In Episode 59, I said that the new Alabama Abortion Law targeted women for criminal or civil prosecution if they had an abortion… even if the went out of state to do it. Then I started seeing news stories that directly contradicted that assertion. I reviewed my notes to see where I picked up that idea, but I hadn’t made any references or copied any links to articles. Did I dream it? I can’t prove otherwise.

So the law is somewhat less Draconian than the way I first presented itsomewhat. But it’s still pretty bad. - Gary Pearce