North Carolina: Thom Tillis is the Only Pro-Life Senate Candidate, Hagan and Haugh Pro-Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt, Andrew Bair   |   Oct 30, 2014   |   6:03PM   |   Charlotte, NC

North Carolina is currently embroiled in a hotly-contested Senate race that is the most expensive in the country.

The combative race features pro-life Thom Tillis (below right), the Speaker of the North Carolina House who provided crucial pro-life leadership in enacting a record number of pro-life laws and Sen. Kay Hagan, who has a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. In her six years in the U.S. Senate, not once did she cast a pro-life vote.

thomtillis2Because the feud between the two top candidates has been so intense, some North Carolina voters are considering backing Libertarian Sean Haugh. However, as Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack notes, Haugh is both pro-abortion and pro-Obamacare.

Although Ron and Rand Paul are pro-life, Haugh believes it should be legal for any reason at any point in pregnancy until birth.

“No,” Haugh replied when asked if he supports any limits on abortion. “No, I really don’t. There’s very little that happens in terms of late-term abortions. That’s really something that government needs to stay out of entirely.”

His favorite jurists and elected officials are also longstanding abortion advocates.

Asked to name his favorite Supreme Court justice, Haugh replied, “I like Ruth Bader Ginsburg just because I like her personally. She’s sort of reached that old curmudgeonly age where she doesn’t give a damn what you think about her or anything else.”

“I don’t really have a strong view on who I prefer ideologically. Although I do kind of admire Justice Kennedy for being the swing voter,” he added. Haugh also expressed admiration for senators Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, two “independent” senators who caucus with Democrats.

Unfortunately, McCormack notes that about one-third of Haugh’s supporters are conservatives. But it’s clear that any voter who casts a vote for Haugh over Tillis is doing unborn children a disservice.

Thom Tillis is endorsed by National Right to Life. In response to the announcement of the endorsement, Tillis told NRLC, “This endorsement means more to me than any other recognition I have received in my time in public service. It is a tremendous honor.”

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Under Tillis’s leadership as Speaker of the House, the North Carolina legislature passed a number of measures protecting unborn children and their mothers including:

• Women’s Right to Know Act (Speaker Tillis led the effort to override Governor Perdue’s veto of the measure)

• Ethen’s Law recognizing unborn children as victims of violent crime

• Prohibiting North Carolina taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage for abortion.

• Health & Safety Law – a 2013 omnibus pro-life bill that included language extending conscience protections to health care providers who oppose abortion, opting North Carolina out of abortion coverage in the federal health care exchange, prohibiting sex-selection abortions, prohibiting abortion from being covered in city and county health care plans, banning web-cam abortions, and issuing regulations of abortion clinics.

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