Tillis’ Campaign Said That Tillis Supported A Personhood Amendment, But One That Had Exceptions For Rape, Incest, Life Of The Mother, And Contraception Access.
According to McClatchy, “Shaw also said that Tillis would support a ‘personhood amendment,’ an initiative in some states that would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person under certain conditions. It would have to be consistent with his view that abortion should be legal in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is in danger, and it would have to be in line with his view that women should have access to contraceptives, he said.” [McClatchy, 7/2/14]
- Personhood Movement Position Could Ban All Abortion And Some Forms Of Birth Control. According to McClatchy, “The personhood movement, however, holds that embryos should have legal rights. The position could ban abortion in all cases and forms of birth control that prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus.” [McClatchy, 7/2/14]
- Hagan Campaign Accused Tillis Of Trying To Hide His Record On Birth Control. According to McClatchy, “The Hagan campaign saw it otherwise. ‘Thom Tillis said that states have the authority to ban birth control and that he supports a personhood amendment, and now that he is taking heat for those positions in his Senate bid he has made a cravenly political decision to try and hide that record. North Carolina women won’t be fooled,’ said Hagan campaign spokeswoman Sadie Weiner. ‘Kay has a long record of standing up for women’s health, but Thom Tillis has limited women’s access to preventive care at every step of the way and has no problem letting employers make health care decisions for their female employees,’ Weiner said.” [McClatchy, 7/2/14]
Gail Collins: Tillis Was A Supporter Of Personhood, Which Could Outlaw In-Vitro Fertilization And Some Forms Of Contraception. According to a column by Gail Collins in the New York Times, “Personhood is an anti-abortion movement that holds that life begins at conception, giving fertilized eggs all the rights of a human being. It might make it impossible to kidnap them for in-vitro fertilization. It could outlaw some forms of contraception. […] A number of Republican candidates in key Senate races are personhood supporters, including Joni Ernst in Iowa; Thom Tillis, who’s running against Senator Kay Hagan in North Carolina; Tom Cotton, who’s challenging Mark Pryor in Arkansas; and, until about five minutes ago, Cory Gardner in Colorado.” [Column – New York Times, 6/27/14]
Tillis’ Budget Included A Provision To Cut Off State And Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood.
According to the News & Observer, “It appears that Tillis is willing to spend some time during the coming session revisiting at least one budget provision that is the subject of litigation. One of the state’s Planned Parenthood affiliates is suing over the provision that cuts the group off from state and federal funding for family planning. A federal judge recently ruled that the state must keep the group’s funding intact until the lawsuit is resolved. Tillis told the Associated Press that lawmakers could consider rewriting the provision when they meet in September to avoid further litigation while retaining the law’s original purpose.” [News & Observer, 8/30/11]
- Federal Judge James Beaty Jr. Blocked The North Carolina Family Planning Funding Cut Because It Was Adopted Specifically To Penalize Planned Parenthood For The Organization’s Stance In Favor Of Abortion Rights. According to the Associated Press, “North Carolina cannot withhold funding from Planned Parenthood until a lawsuit over that provision of the state budget has been resolved, a federal judge ruled late Friday. The ruling by Judge James Beaty Jr. gives at least a temporary reprieve to Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina while they seek to invalidate the portion of the state budget that would withhold funding for non-abortion services. The group, one of two Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state, said the injunction should allow them to keep operating until the lawsuit over the provision known as Section 10.19 is resolved. ‘Based on the evidence before the court, it appears that Section 10.19 was adopted specifically to penalize Planned Parenthood’ for the organization’s stance in favor of abortion rights, Beaty wrote, even though the law bars the group from using public money for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. Planned Parenthood in North Carolina provides a range of other services, from tests for diabetes and high cholesterol to screening for sexually transmitted diseases.” [Associated Press, 8/19/11]
- In 2012, U.S. District Judge James Beaty Struck Down The 2011 Ban Prohibiting Planned Parenthood From Receiving State And Federal Funds. According to a Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina press release, “Planned Parenthood of Central NC (PPCNC) applauds U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty, Jr’s decision today to strike down the 2011 ban prohibiting Planned Parenthood from receiving state and federal funds. The 2011 North Carolina budget contained a special provision that banned Planned Parenthood from receiving funds to provide teen pregnancy prevention programs as well as preventative health care services such as cancer screenings and birth control to low-income women.” [Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina Press Release, 6/28/12]