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Thom Tillis Can’t Be Trusted to Protect North Carolinians’ Health & Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; [email protected]
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It’s time for Tillis to lose his job

Washington, DC For years, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) has chipped away at North Carolinians’ reproductive rights and put their health care on the chopping block. Now it’s time for him to face the consequences at the ballot box.

This morning, Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed Cal Cunningham for United States Senate in North Carolina. Unlike Tillis, Cunningham is a champion who has committed to fighting for reproductive rights, including safe, legal abortion. North Carolinians deserve a senator who will work to expand access to health care — not a self-serving, typical politician like Tillis who can’t be trusted to protect their rights.

Statement from Jenny Lawson, executive director, Planned Parenthood Votes:

“There’s no question that access to reproductive health care, including abortion, has been whittled away in North Carolina because of politicians like Thom Tillis who put party and their own self-interest over people. Tillis may not be up front with his constituents back home — but North Carolinians can bet on the fact that he will always vote with Trump and Mitch McConnell’s anti-health care, anti-abortion agenda. Planned Parenthood Votes is thrilled to back a champion in Cal Cunningham, who will fight nonstop to protect health care for the people of North Carolina."

As we near Election Day 2020, Planned Parenthood Votes will be running a multi-million dollar, multi-faceted campaign to make sure North Carolinians know the truth about Tillis’ record.

  • Months before the Supreme Court took up an abortion case that could jeopardize abortion access for 25 million people, Tillis joined his most extreme Republican colleagues in filing a court brief urging the Supreme Court to consider overturning the right to safe and legal abortion established in Roe v. Wade.
  • Tillis filed a court brief with his most extreme colleagues in support of allowing states to deny Planned Parenthood health centers critical funding, which could put reproductive health care services for North Carolinians in jeopardy.
  • Tillis is completely out of touch with North Carolinians and their personal decisions, signing a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee that called abortion a “terrible tragedy.”
  • Tillis is so obsessed with restricting access to sexual and reproductive health that he snuck in abortion restrictions to totally unrelated legislation on motorcycle helmets in the North Carolina state legislature.
  • As speaker of the North Carolina House, Tillis helped lead the charge to pass one of the most extreme, medically unnecessary mandatory ultrasound bills in the country – a measure designed to shame and judge women seeking an abortion. The legislation was struck down in federal court, all while costing taxpayers money in litigation costs.
  • Tillis demanded, along with his Republican colleagues, that the U.S. Senate not advance any bills that “weaken pro-life and religious liberty actions taken by the Trump administration.”


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