In this very special Halloween edition of our Election 2014 countdown, it’s worth acknowledging one of the scarier moves the North Carolina legislature made since its conservative leadership came into power.
With Speaker of the House Thom Tillis at the helm, the General Assembly inserted anti-woman provisions into the 2012 state budget which effectively eliminated life-saving cancer screenings, annual exams, birth control, and STI testing and treatment for low-income and uninsured North Carolina women, men, and teens who sought preventive health care at Planned Parenthood.
Whether or not the goal was to prevent more women from being able to access reproductive health care services, the impact was just that, and today it’s easy to argue that because of this legislative leadership’s long-standing policy of putting women behind special interests, the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of North Carolina voters could have been at risk.
Now, Speaker Tillis is Senatorial candidate Tillis, who carries some serious baggage not only for his defunding of essential medical care for low-income women, but also his leadership around the now-infamous “Motorcycle Abortion Bill,” which placed a set of strict abortion restrictions onto an unrelated provision on motorcycle helmets.
He faces pro-choice, and for many women, “clear choice” Senator Kay Hagan. Let’s hope the only thing that goes bump in the night this Halloween is Sen. Hagan’s polling numbers heading into Election Day.
For more candidates who won’t put women at risk, check out our custom NARAL Pro-Choice NC Voters’ Guide.