This election cycle has been nothing if not a series of never-happened-before and I-can’t-believe-this-happened events. Voting blocs have been analyzed over and over. Who matters? Who doesn’t matter? Why did this group vote this way or that? It’s been crazy to say the least. But something happened last night in North Carolina that should put the focus squarely on pro-life voters. It reveals that pro-lifers are serious about electing – and kicking out – candidates who do what they say they are going to do and vote pro-life.
And it’s about time.
In January 2014, a vote was scheduled in the House of Representatives to coincide with the annual National Pro-Life March on a bill that would have banned abortions after 20-weeks, when science has proven that preborn babies feel pain. Rep. Ellmers all of a sudden put up a huge fight about it in the Republican conference and in the end, torpedoed the vote. And you know who she blamed? Millennials! Yup, she said Millennials don’t care about social issues and the GOP would lose votes if they move ahead on the bill. Never mind that she voted for the exact same bill months before.
On the day of the National Pro-Life March, SFLA led about 70 young women and men over to Rep. Ellmers’ office to tell her that Millennials DO care about abortion and in fact, a National Journal poll showed that they were the largest group in support of the bill.
Not two weeks later she wrote an open letter, calling pro-life groups “childish and abhorrent.” Then when the Center for Medical Progress videos came out and the House was creating a select committee to investigate the buying and selling of aborted baby body parts, Ellmers lobbied hard for a position on the committee because she knew she was in trouble with pro-lifers. But it was a no-go.
Then this week, a day before the primary vote in North Carolina, Donald Trump endorsed Ellmers, his first Congressional endorsement.
And the rest is history. She lost big time last night to a true pro-lifer, her colleague Congressman George Holding. The Susan B. Anthony List, a group dedicated to electing pro-life legislators, did a door-knocking campaign in Ellmers’ district on behalf of her opponent. They found:
- 37.8 percent of Ellmers’ own supporters said they were less likely to vote for her, once learning of her role in derailing the Pain-Capable bill.
- 67.3 percent of undecided pro-life primary voters were less likely to vote for Ellmers, knowing her role in derailing the Pain-Capable bill.
Pro-lifers won last night. They showed that they are ready and willing to consider a candidate’s record on the most important issue – the ending of innocent life in the womb.
But this isn’t the first time pro-lifers have kicked out elected officials who betrayed them. In 2013, when Obamacare narrowly passed the House of Representatives because of Rep. Bart Stupak, a supposed pro-lifer, and his gang of “pro-life Democrats” who caved to Obama’s flimsy executive order that the law wouldn’t fund abortions (it does), nearly all of his colleagues who claimed they were pro-life but voted for Obamacare lost their re-election. Stupak retired.
Abortion is the biggest human rights issue of our time and if no one speaks up for those innocent little lives who are torn apart and carelessly discarded (or sold for money), then who will end the tragedy? We want elected officials who fight for these babies and their mothers, not people who betray us – and the innocent lives that hang in the balance – the first chance they get.