North Carolina: Pro-Life Thom Tillis Defeats Pro-Abortion Kay Hagan

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 5, 2014   |   12:30AM   |   Washington, DC

It went down to the wire, but the pro-life candidate eked out a victory in North Carolina.

The combative race featured pro-life Thom Tillis, 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 was been so intense, some North Carolina voters were considering backing Libertarian Sean Haugh. However, as Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack noted, Haugh is both pro-abortion and pro-Obamacare.

Tillis was 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.”

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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“Thom Tillis has demonstrated his effectiveness in the fight to protect innocent human life in North Carolina with his leadership in the North Carolina House. His excellent style and knowledge will serve him well in advocating for the unborn babies and their mothers in the U.S. Senate,” said Barbara Holt, president of North Carolina Right to Life.

Holt told LifeNews that, as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Thom Tillis led the effort with the other pro-life members of the legislature in passing a number of measures protecting unborn children and their mothers.

Holt said Tillis’ pro-life record and views are a stark contrast to pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan’s record since being elected to the U.S. Senate.

Hagan voted for the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” – better known as Obamacare – which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion-on-demand, and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. Earlier in 2014, Kay Hagan voted against a measure that would have protected the religious liberties of employers by protecting them from being forced to purchase health plans that cover drugs and procedures to which they have religious or moral objections.