Abortion rights supporters return cookies from N.C. governor
July 31st, 2013
09:18 AM ET
9 years ago

Abortion rights supporters return cookies from N.C. governor

Updated at 9:49 a.m. ET on 7/31

(CNN) – "Incredibly bizarre" is not the typical response to a plate of chocolate chip cookies, particularly when the treats are delivered personally by a state's governor.

But that's how Irene Godinez, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund, describes the moment North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory handed the baked goods to a woman staked outside his home, protesting the controversial abortion bill McCrory signed into law earlier this week.

Protesters including Godinez, had been holding vigils across the street from the governor's mansion since last Friday, so when McCrory walked towards the group Tuesday afternoon and pointed at abortion rights activist and Chapel Hill resident Jamie Sohn, she was "absolutely stunned."

McCrory, a Republican, spoke to the group, saying "These are for you. God bless, God bless," according to Godinez. He quickly turned, surrounded by security, and walked back through the gates leading to his home.

Godinez told CNN the protesters wrote a note that read "Will take women's health over cookies," and left the note and cookies at the gate.

The abortion law, which opponents say restricts access to safe abortions, was signed by the governor on Monday. In a statement, McCrory wrote, "These higher standards will result in safer conditions for North Carolina women. This law does not further limit access and those who contend it does are more interested in politics than the health and safety of our citizens."

A call to McCrory's office for comment has not been returned. CNN was unable to confirm whether the chocolate chip cookies were made by the governor himself.

On Wednesday, Ryan Tronovitch, deputy communications director for McCrory, told CNN “Sometimes a plate of cookies is just a plate of cookies."

When asked if the governor had made the cookies himself, Tronovitch responded “probably not," noting McCrory had serious state issues to deal with like the economy.

Filed under: Abortion • North Carolina
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Jaybird

    I bet you he really thinks that is funny....but I just want to tell you the jokes on you come 2016!!!!!

    July 31, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Incredibly bizarre and typically Republican. Ignore and never discuss the issue with opponents until it goes away and dies off.

    July 31, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Chris

    Abortion is not Health Care. Abortion is just another term for Eugenics trying to control the population.

    July 31, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Data Driven

    McCrory's contempt could not be better expressed, eh?


    July 31, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. PJ

    Isn't this the guy who promised not to sign any bills that further restrict women's rights during a debate?
    When asked what bill would he sign that restrict.......he said "None".
    And he thinks cookies will appease those he lied to? How cute.

    July 31, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    That sounds like a fair deal. The women get cookies & the implication that they should be at home, in exchange for turning over their reproductive rights & decision making re:unwanted pregnancies to the GUVMENT.

    July 31, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "When asked if the governor had made the cookies himself, Tronovitch responded “probably not," noting McCrory had serious state issues to deal with like the economy."

    Bless his heart, not only does he have ... well, to quote his staffer, "serious state issues to deal with", the poor guy can't even walk across his lawn without a security detail surrounding his every move.

    Yeah, I know, I know. McCrory wanted nothing more than to get a photo op of publicly God blessing the lady protester. Rather condescending of the Governor, but hey, it is a GOPerville thing to treat women condescending, and nothing new.

    July 31, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Oh boy...macadamia and misogyny cookies? Everyone's favorite!

    July 31, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. rs

    Typical Republican- we'll take away the rights of women (and more), but a plate of store-bought cookies ought to make things just fine between us.
    What an insulting batch of fools!

    July 31, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Gone from Ga

    should have thrown the cookies in his face

    July 31, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. g

    what hes saying is men will do the thinking you,you go home and bake some cookies

    July 31, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    The protesters should have asked him to eat one first!

    July 31, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    When asked if the governor had made the cookies himself, Tronovitch responded “probably not," noting McCrory had serious state issues to deal with like the economy.
    Ah. So that explains why he took time out of his busy schedule to personally carry a plate of cookies outside to a protestor.

    July 31, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. ak_steve

    How demeaning and insulting. But I would expect anything less from a Republican. They never cease to amaze me with how much they disrespect women.

    July 31, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |