Real Life ‘Mad Men’ Ladies Kick Ass, Defend N.C. Contraception Rights

by Laurel Walsh

Friends of Planned Parenthood in North Carolina donned their best bustles and pumps yesterday to fight the state’s latest anti-woman bill, HB730. The gals dressed up ’60s style to show just how out-of-date the bill’s proposals are. They said they “love a good vintage look – but not when it’s running state legislature.” Genius!

What is it about this bill that’s got their knickers in a twist? Are you sitting down? It’s a doozy.

If passed, the bill (then law) would let any doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or medical technician refuse women’s access to birth control or abortions JUST BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE IT. North Carolina employers would also have the right to remove contraceptives from their workers’ insurance plans under this law, in direct violation of the recent Obamacare provision for women’s access to birth control coverage. W T actual F.

 The law would let anyone involved in the contraception-access process (besides women seeking contraception themselves) be granted ‘protections’ to their ‘conscience’ that make it okay for them to say no to women’s rights. You know, because birth control is totally a matter of morality and not health care….

 We’re grateful this crew is being loud in the crowd while the lawmakers duke it out. 

 Look at these badass Peggys and Joans in action!



Work it.


And of course, they’re not just pretty faces. Here’s Planned Parenthood N.C.’s Paige Johnson’s take on her legislature’s state of affairs:

“Women’s preventive care — including birth control — is basic health care. Politicians and bosses have no business denying women access to this basic health care. This shouldn’t be a revolutionary idea, but unfortunately it is to some.”

Johnson explained that women may “like watching Mad Men, but we don’t want to live it.” Damn right.



Thanks to Think Progress, photos via Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina.


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