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2020 North Carolina Election

Primary Day: March 3, 2020

Primary Voting Registration Deadline: February 7, 2020

Voter ID Required? No


THOM TILLIS (R), Incumbent

Tillis opposes safe, legal access to abortion — and when he was a state legislator, even tried to sneak medically unnecessary abortion restrictions into law by amending a state motorcycle-safety bill.

Voted to advance legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. #DefundPP

Thom Tillis, Aug. 3, 2015

Source: Twitter

Strident advocacy of anti-abortion legislation has been a mainstay of Tillis’s political career. In the Senate, he has urged Republican colleagues to “preserve all long-standing pro-life and religious freedom protections” in federal spending bills, and sponsored legislation that amplifies false, medically groundless claims that demonize people who seek abortion late in pregnancy due to challenging circumstances. Early in 2020, Tillis even signed a legal brief that asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe v. Wade — the Supreme Court decision that affirmed the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion.

Before joining the Senate in 2015, Tillis served as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. In that role, he helped put a statewide constitutional ban on marriage equality on the ballot. He also played a central role in a notorious 2013 attempt to use a motorcycle-safety bill to force medically unnecessary — and heavily unpopular — abortion restrictions into state law without public scrutiny.

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