WASHINGTON – National Right to Life hailed pro-life Rep. George Holding’s victory Tuesday over pro-life traitor Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district primary.
Rep. Holding, who was endorsed by National Right to Life in March, was in the contest with Ellmers due to a redrawing of district lines resulting from a federal lawsuit. Rep. Holding was also strongly endorsed by North Carolina Right to Life.
“There is no member of Congress in recent memory who did greater harm to a major piece of pro-life legislation, while claiming to be pro-life, than Renee Ellmers,” said Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life legislative director.
National Right to Life’s political committees were actively involved in the race. Through mail, phone, and social media, the National Right to Victory Fund and the National Right to Life Political Action Committee reached out to pro-life households in the district encouraging them to vote for Holding.
Holding has maintained a 100% pro-life voting record during his years of service in the House of Representatives. He 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 or other late abortion methods.
“North Carolina is a pro-life state and Representative Holding reflects North Carolina’s pro-life values,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “George Holding provides a strong voice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”
Holding’s record on this legislation contrasts sharply with the words and actions of Rep. Ellmers. In early 2015, Ellmers suddenly launched an extended public campaign against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act, although the bill was identical to legislation she had voted to pass on June 18, 2013.
This extraordinary campaign, which lasted for months, included multiple interviews with liberal news media outlets, in which Ellmers made many highly disputable statements about the bill, for example claiming that it would alienate “millennial” voters (despite polling data to the contrary).
Although the bill ultimately passed the House, the delay and damage inflicted by Rep. Ellmers diminished its chances in the Senate, where pro-abortion senators were able to organize a successful filibuster to prevent the ban from advancing despite the support of a majority of senators.
“North Carolina voters are concerned about the right to life, and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family, and voted for Representative Holding so that he can continue to work to advance vital pro-life public policies,” said Tobias. “George Holding is a true pro-life leader.”
The full text of the National Right to Life letter endorsing Congressman Holding is available here.