The Charlotte Observer (N.C.)
Feb. 09, 2015
In response to “Ellmers lectures anti-abortion critics” (Feb. 3):
Rep. Virginia Foxx courageously led the debate prior to a key vote in the U.S. House on a bill to ban late-term abortions. But in a mystifying development, North Carolina’s other congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, derailed the bill at the last minute.
Rep. Ellmers, who ran on a pro-life platform and voted for the same bill two years ago, inexplicably flip-flopped, and withdrew her co-sponsorship of the bill.
She claimed it would hurt Republicans with young voters and women, despite the fact that 72 percent of millennials and 70 percent of women support it.
Rep. Foxx deserves praise for lending her voice to the protection of the unborn, while Rep. Ellmers owes us an explanation for her disappointing performance.
The writer is senior policy adviser with The Catholic Association.