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”

Meet Our 2014 Academy Student!

Every summer, the National Right to Life convention attracts pro-lifers from all over the country, including the yearly Right to Life Academy class. Since today is the second day of the 2014 convention, it seems especially appropriate to introduce our own All PostsIMG_0764 Scholarship for Life recipient and 2014 NRL Academy attendee, Rebecca "Scout" Yarbrough. Scout is from Greensboro and is a rising sophomore at UNC-Greensboro, where she is majoring in social work with a minor in Spanish. She enjoys volunteering and frequently goes on service trips during her school breaks. While still in high school, she trained a registered therapy dog and took him to nursing homes to bond with residents. In her free time, she enjoys many activities, but most recently started Muay Thai boxing. We are excited to welcome Scout to the North Carolina "family" of Scholarship for Life recipients and Academy graduates!  

NRL Convention Just One Month Away

The 44th Annual National Right to Life Convention is only a month away, but it's not too late to register! Join friends from all over the country in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 26-28 for the pro-life educational event of the year! This year's speakers include National Right to Life President Carol Tobias; Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large of The National Review Online; Bobby Schindler, executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network; and many more! Registration is now open, with many different rates to choose from (adult, senior, student, couple, etc). Teenagers who would enjoy learning more about pro-life issues are also welcome to attend, as the Teens for Life Convention meets at the same time. For families with small children, complete childcare services are available. Special events, such as the Prayer Breakfast and Closing "Stand for Life!" Banquet, require additional tickets. home-hdr-img4 Visit the convention website for more information!

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.