National Right to Life Endorses Renee Ellmers’ Challenger After She Sabotaged Abortion Ban Vote

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 21, 2016   |   6:01PM   |   Washington, DC

For a short time last year, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers was public enemy number one of the pro-life movement.

Congressional leaders had planned for weeks to bring up a bill to ban abortions after 20-weeks on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. But Ellmers sabotaged the bill by insisting that broad rape and incest exceptions needed to be added to the bill that many pro-life groups were worried would undermine the bill entirely and render the ban moot.

Ellmers caused a firestorm of controversy to the point that multiple pro-life candidates are running against her next year in the Republican primary in an attempt to put the seat in the hands of someone who is consistently pro-life.

Now, the National Right to Life Committee is endorsing her Congressional opponent:

National Right to Life, the federation of state right-to-life organizations, today announced its endorsement of Congressman George Holding in the June 7 Republican primary for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. Holding is in a primary contest with Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, due to a redrawing of district lines resulting from a federal lawsuit.

In a letter to Holding announcing their endorsement, National Right to Life leaders commended Holding for “maintaining a 100 percent pro-life voting record” during his years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives. National Right to Life also noted that Holding

“co-sponsored and consistently supported the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), landmark legislation to protect unborn children at 20 weeks (i.e., after the fifth month), a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment of other late abortion methods.”

The letter notes that Rep. Holding’s record on that bill

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“contrasts sharply with the words and actions of your likely primary opponent, Rep. Renee Ellmers. There is no member of Congress in recent memory who has done greater harm to a major piece of pro-life legislation, while claiming to be pro-life, than Renee Ellmers.”

“National Right to Life encourages all voters in the 2nd District to return Rep. Holding to the House to continue to work to advance vital pro-life public policies,” said Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life legislative director. “Great weight should be given to Rep. Holding’s consistent pro-life record, as contrasted with the extraordinary public attacks launched by Congresswoman Ellmers against the 20-week abortion ban.”

The full text of the National Right to Life letter endorsing Congressman Holding is available here.