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Withdrawal from North Carolina HB2 lawsuit continues pattern of federal government retreat from protecting transgender individuals at school and work

(RALEIGH) – Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of North Carolina today condemned the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss its lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, the discriminatory North Carolina law that banned many transgender people from restrooms and other public facilities matching their gender and prohibited local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

The Justice Department cited the passage on March 30 of House Bill 142 – a purported “repeal” of HB 2 that in fact left many of the harms caused by HB 2 in place – as the reason for its withdrawal.

“Here is yet another instance of the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrawing the federal government’s support from transgender individuals, and they are using the fake repeal of HB 2 as cover,” said Jon W. Davidson, Legal Director and Eden/Rushing Chair, Lambda Legal. “Sadly, this was not unexpected, now that anti-transgender forces are in charge of the Departments of Justice and Education. Once again, the Trump administration continues to abandon transgender Americans.”

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RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers today introduced legislation that would enshrine the fundamental right to obtain an abortion into state law and repeal state restrictions that impede access to abortion. The Whole Woman’s Health Act, HB 563, also prevents any new, needless barriers to reproductive care by prohibiting restrictions on abortion that have no legitimate medical benefit.

“A woman’s access to abortion care should not depend on her zip code or economic status. We must ensure that the right to an abortion is not just a right on paper, but is a reality for all people,” said Susanna Birdsong, Policy Counsel for the ACLU of North Carolina. “After years of harmful bills that have eroded North Carolinians’ reproductive freedom, the Whole Woman's Health Act would codify a woman's right to access abortion in North Carolina and help guarantee safe, respectful reproductive health care to women across our state”

Among its provisions, House Bill 563 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 588, would

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RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has scheduled oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, for Wednesday, May 10, in Richmond, Virginia.

H.B. 2 bans many transgender people from restrooms and other public facilities matching their gender and prohibits local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. On May 10, a three-judge panel will consider a request to block the anti-transgender provisions of the law barring transgender individuals from using restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender. In August 2016, a lower court blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing those provisions against three transgender plaintiffs in the case.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, which represent four LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina in the legal challenge, released the following joint statement:

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Latest H.B. 2 Repeal Proposal Still Discriminates

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RALEIGH — The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, groups that are representing LGBT North Carolinians in a federal lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, say they oppose a new proposal to repeal the law because it still enables discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

H.B. 2 bans many transgender people from restrooms matching their gender and prohibits local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people. House Bill 186, introduced yesterday, would repeal H.B. 2 but replace it with a range of policies designed to restrict local authority and continue to allow discrimination against LGBT North Carolinians.

“Rather than repeal H.B. 2 entirely, this proposal still sanctions discrimination against transgender people and makes it harder for local governments to protect LGBT people under the law,” said Sarah Gillooly, Policy Director for the ACLU of North Carolina. “Treating LGBT people as second-class citizens whose rights and equal protection can be put to a vote is disgraceful and will not undo the ongoing harm H.B.2 has brought to North Carolina and its people.”

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