Background on Renee Ellmers’s public statements on life and her recent actions.

ellmersbwAs a candidate in 2010, Renee Ellmers said she believed that “unborn children should be protected by law, and that abortion should not be permitted under any circumstances.”  But now, Congresswoman Ellmers is trying to torpedo legislation that would protect pain-capable unborn children in the sixth month of pregnancy and later! The pro-life Republican leadership of the U. S. House of Representatives has announced plans for the House to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) on Thursday, January 22 – the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand, and the big day of the March for Life in Washington.  This vital bill would extend general protection from abortion to pain-capable unborn children nationwide beginning at 20 weeks fetal age.  The legislation is strongly supported by National Right to Life, North Carolina Right to Life, and numerous other pro-life organizations. In a shocking development, on Friday, January 16, Congreswoman Ellmers launched a public attack on the bill.  In a published interview with National Journal, Ellmers confirmed that she is urging the House Republican leadership not to bring the bill up for a vote. ” I have urged leadership to reconsider bringing it up next week….We got into trouble last year, and I think we need to be careful again, we need to be smart about how we’re moving forward,” Ellmers said in an interview. “the first vote we take, or the second vote or the fifth vote, shouldn’t be on an issue where we know the millennials, social issues just aren’t important [to them].” [A “millennial” is someone in the 15-35 age group.] Nor is this only a dispute about timing:  according to other published reports, Ellmers has been pressuring House leaders to weaken the language of the bill. You can read National Right to Life’s statement on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act here. _ Update as of Tuesday, January 20, 2015: In an extraordinary action, at about 2:30 PM EST today (Tuesday, Jan. 20), Congresswoman Renee Ellmers went to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and formally cancelled her co-sponsorship of the major priority of National and North Carolina Right to Life and other major pro-life groups — the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36)! This means that Congresswoman Ellmers personally sought and received permission to remove her name from this vital pro-life bill — even though she voted for exactly the same legislation on June 18, 2013! The National Right to Life office in Washington says that withdrawal of cosponsorship on any kind of bill is very rare, and that such an action has occurred on pro-life legislation only a handful of times in the last three decades. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to conduct a preparatory procedural vote on the issue on Wednesday, Jan. 21, and will then vote on whether to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) on Thursday, Jan. 22. Click here to sign the petition to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36) and appeal to Rep. Ellmers to cease and desist efforts to torpedo the legislation.