You did it! Pro-life victories on Election Day pave way for life saving legislation

Election Day brought great news for unborn babies and their mothers here in North Carolina and across the country. The victory of pro-life U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis over pro-abortion incumbent Kay Hagan was just one of the many wins by pro-lifers. Of 130 races where NC Right to Life’s Political Action Committee (PAC) made endorsements, 112 of our pro-life candidates won. In the extremely close U.S. senate race, pro-life candidate Thom Tillis came out on top by less than 50,000 votes. Tillis’s pro-life leadership stands in stark contrast to his opponent’s support of abortion-on-demand for all nine months of pregnancy. The Tillis-Hagan race proved to be one of a few key races across the country to ensure a pro-life majority in the 2015 U.S. Senate. Tillis and the other newly elected pro-life Senators will serve six-year terms, during which time pro-life legislation that has been blocked the past several years will finally be able to reach the Senate floor. All pro-life incumbent members of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina were re-elected, with two new pro-life congressmen, Mark Walker and David Rouzer, replacing retiring pro-life members. The U.S. House continues to have a pro-life majority, which has seen its strength increase with the election of more pro-life members to its ranks. At the state level, the vast majority of NCRTL PAC-endorsed candidates won their races for the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives (30 of 35 and 69 of 79, respectively), maintaining the pro-life majorities that have passed important lifesaving legislation over the past several years. Your efforts and your vote were vital to making these victories possible. Thank you! We are grateful for all of your efforts: voting on behalf of the babies at the polls, educating other voters about the candidates’ positions on life through social media, in your communities and churches, at the NC state fair, and in conversations with friends and families. Your efforts truly made a difference. (National Right to Life's Andrew Bair wrote a fantastic piece outlining how pro-lifers were instrumental in Thom Tillis's victory.) Of course, as we celebrate our victories we know that our work is just beginning as we head into a new legislative session. We will be working with our newly elected representatives to enact lifesaving policies at both the state and federal level. We look forward to updating you and working together on those efforts!

New Poll: Hagan Abortion Position out of Touch with Voters

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the July 8 edition of National Right to Life News Today WASHINGTON – A new poll conducted by The Polling Company/WomanTrend for National Right to Life indicates that pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan’s abortion position is out of touch with voters. By an overwhelming 55%-35% margin, voters chose a hypothetical pro-life candidate whose views match those of Republican nominee Thom Tillis over a hypothetical pro-choice candidate whose views match those of Sen. Kay Hagan.TillisHagan The website for Tillis’ campaign explains that “Thom believes all life is sacred and as Speaker, he promoted pro-life policies and helped reverse the pro-abortion state policies Democrats had put in place for decades.” In November 2013, a spokesman for the Tillis campaign said that he “absolutely” supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670), which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, when the unborn child is capable of feeling pain. Under his leadership as speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, the legislature passed a number of pro-life measures, including prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage for abortion. Kay Hagan supports the current policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason, and opposes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670). A November 19, 2013 article in the Raleigh News-Observer stated that Hagan “made it clear she would not vote for a bill that would ban abortions beginning at 20 weeks.” She voted for Obamacare, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion, and has voted to spend federal funds on health plans that cover abortion on demand (12/8/09, Roll Call 369). “Abortion continues to be a key issue with the electorate,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life executive director. “When they learn about the position of the candidates on abortion, voters in election after election side with the pro-life candidate.” The June poll comes on the heels of an annual survey by Gallup, which found that just 39% were in favor of the current policy of abortion for any reason (the position of Kay Hagan), with 28% saying abortion should be legal under any circumstances and 11% saying abortion should be legal under most circumstances. A substantial majority, 58%, believes abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances (37%) or illegal in all circumstances (21%). Gallup also asked about only voting for a candidate “who shares your abortion views.” Nineteen percent answered that they would only vote for a candidate who shared their views on the abortion issue, with 11% saying they would vote only for the pro-life candidate and 8% saying they would vote only for the pro-choice candidate. “It’s clear that most Americans do not support the policy of abortion for any reason that was established by Roe v. Wade,” O’Steen said. “And they will continue to support candidates who reject this extreme policy of abortion for any reason.” The complete question from The Polling Company follows. The Polling Company/WomenTrend Field Dates: June 12-15, 2014 N = 1,014 Margin of Error: +/- 3.1% CANDIDATE “A” opposes abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest. This candidate opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortion and supports legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when the unborn child can feel pain. CANDIDATE “B” supports a woman’s choice to have an abortion. This candidate supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion and opposes legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. 55% TOTAL SUPPORT CANDIDATE “A” (NET) 32% STRONGLY SUPPORT CANDIDATE “A” 23% SOMEWHAT SUPPORT CANDIDATE “A” 35% TOTAL SUPPORT CANDIDATE “B” (NET) 18% SOMEWHAT SUPPORT CANDIDATE “B” 16% STRONGLY SUPPORT CANDIDATE “B”

Thom Tillis wins the GOP Primary in NC for the US Senate

On Tuesday, May 6th, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis won the Republican primary in NC for U. S. Senate with over 45% of the vote. With the win, he has earned the right to challenge Kay Hagan for the Senate seat she currently holds. 10247426_10154052797005147_6646060593943641160_n Tillis has been a champion of pro-life legislation; under his leadership, the General Assembly passed numerous pro-life bills into law, including the following:
  • Women's Right to Know Act
  • Unborn Victims of Violence Act (Ethen's Law)
  • Ban webcam abortions
  • Prohibit abortions in the state, county, and city employee health plans
  • Opt out of abortion in the federal health exchange
Representative Tillis was endorsed by National Right to Life for the primary and the General Election. He now faces Kay Hagan in the General Election. Senator Kay Hagan has consistently voted against pro-life legislative initiatives, and has declared her intention of voting against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill, if passed, would protect the lives of unborn babies 20 weeks and older, who are fully capable of feeling the excruciating pain of surgical abortions. Hagan's spokesperson described the act as an "anti-women's health bill" and said Hagan will not be supporting the bill. Thom Tillis, in contrast, has promised his support of this important piece of legislation. Many political minds think that this contest will determine which political party controls the U. S. Senate in 2015.

NRLC, Representative Stam Endorse Tillis for Senate


Thom Tillis

This week, both National Right to Life and Representative Paul "Skip" Stam have endorsed Speaker of the NC House Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate. In a statement released by National Right to Life, president Carol Tobias describes Tillis as "an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in North Carolina, and . . . the only candidate with a proven record of leadership who can defeat pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan this fall. Representative Stam also notes Tillis' excellent pro-life accomplishments as Speaker of the House in the General Assembly. He additionally comments on his solid conservative leadership and ability to work with Democrats and Republicans alike to pass commonsense legislation on the state level. Representative Tillis and several other Republican candidates will be on the May 6 primary ballot. Please encourage your pro-life friends to vote!