North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr



For more than 20 years, Richard Burr has used public office to push an agenda to make it harder for people to access affordable birth control and the full range of reproductive health care services.

Dating back to the first U.S. House vote that Planned Parenthood Action Fund ever scored in 1995, then-Congressman Burr voted against restoring Title X family planning funds to support health services to low-income women. Zero thanks to Burr, the bill passed the House and restored millions in funding for Pap smears, breast and pelvic exams and birth control.

And since then, Burr has become one of the most prolific anti-abortion politicians in Congress.

Burr has taken eight votes to block patients from accessing reproductive health care, like cancer screenings and contraceptive services, at Planned Parenthood health centers. Burr even voted to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding — ignoring the fact this would block over a million Americans from care and that  69% of Americansopposed such an extreme move.


  • Burr voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — which makes it easier for employers to challenge unequal pay and is now the law of the land — twice.

  • Burr voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act multiple times. The legislation aims to make it illegal for employers to pay men more than women for doing equal work.

  • Burr has voted to support a voter ID law at the federal level. In North Carolina, where a strict voter ID law has been put into place, Burr had to cast a provisional ballot when his own Senate-issued ID wasn’t valid under the new law.

Richard Burr's Opponent:  Deborah Ross, (D)

Deborah Ross was an outspoken champion for women and families in the North Carolina State House and now she wants to bring that energy to the U.S. Senate.


“...four decades have passed since the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade, the fight to protect the rights of the unborn could not be more relevant today.”

— Richard Burr

North Carolinians Deserve Better Than Burr

Since entering the senate in 2005, Burr has cosponsored nearly 30 anti-abortion bills.


That includes cosponsoring one of the most extreme anti-abortion bills out there — so-called “personhood” legislation — multiple times. If enacted, this dangerous legislation could interfere with medical decisions relating to birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion.

He has also pushed for passage of legislation that would make it harder for women to access affordable birth control.

He was a cosponsor of the Blunt amendment, which would have allowed employers and insurance companies to refuse coverage of any health care service required under the Affordable Care Act. Burr also said he was “pleased” by the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby, to allow employers to refuse to provide birth control to their employees based on their religious beliefs.

And even when it comes to supporting key preventive measures like comprehensive sex education and increased funding for resources to combat teenage pregnancy — Burr has stood against those too. He voted againstcomprehensive sex education and against expanding access to preventive health care services and to improve access to women’s health care.

It’s Time to Say Bye to Burr

Senator Richard Burr can’t wait to see Donald Trump as president and wants him to appoint as many as three justices to the Supreme Court.

The terrifying reality is that if Burr gets his way, we could see a woman’s constitutional right to access to safe and legal abolished. Donald Trump has promised to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade despite the fact that the majority of Americans — 67 percent — do not want to see the decision overturned.

Supreme Court vacancies, immigration reform, gun control, voting rights and women’s access to reproductive rights. These are some of the many issues at stake in this election.

North Carolinians have a choice: vote for someone who is dead set on taking us back, or choosing new leadership, in candidate Deborah Ross, who will stand up for all of us.


“...four decades have passed since the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade, the fight to protect the rights of the unborn could not be more relevant today.”

— Richard Burr