RALEIGH — The House of Representatives, as the 118th Congress began to operate last week parliamentary vote In a resolution condemning attacks on Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers, all but three Democrats voted “NO” for the bill. The vote was 222 to 208.
All Democrats on the North Carolina House delegation voted against. All Republican counterparts voted yes.
The North Carolina Democratic Congressional Delegation includes Don Davis (NC-01), Deborah Ross (NC-02), Valerie Hoosie (NC-04), Kathy Manning (NC-06) and Alma Adams. (NC-12), George “Wiley” Nickel (NC-13) and Jeff Jackson (NC-14).
Davis, Hoosie, Jackson and Nickel are newcomers to Congress elected in November 2022.
House Resolution 3 (HR 3) “Condemn the recent attacks of vandalism, violence, and destruction against life-respecting institutions, groups, and churches,” and “The sanctity of life and the protection of life-preserving institutions, groups, and churches.” Recognize the important role it plays’ in supporting pregnant women, infants and families. “
The action also calls on the Biden administration to use “all appropriate law enforcement agencies to maintain public safety and protect the rights of pro-life facilities, groups, and churches.”
HR 3 contains a list of over 30 attacks on such centers, including an attack on an emergency pregnancy center in North Carolina.
The attack took place in Asheville on June 6, 2022, when “vandals smashed the windows of the Mountain Community Pregnancy Services building and left graffiti, which read, ‘If abortions aren’t safe, so are you.’ It’s not,” it contained the message, “No forced births.” And an anarchist symbol,” said HR 3.
Republican Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-08) delivered statement in favor of the resolution.
“Attacks on churches and pro-life pregnancy centers are unconscionable and unAmerican,” Bishop said. “Thugs are elevating extreme political ideologies above the most basic gift from God: life. And this phenomenon is fed from here.”
The bishop continued, “Remember Senator Chuck Schumer threatened a Supreme Court judge, saying, ‘You will pay the price.’ Now we are seeing the cost – proliferating pregnancy centers and assassination attempts by arson. “
A Charlotte-area congressman referred to the attack in Asheville, where vandals wrote a threatening note in red spray paint that read, “If abortion isn’t safe, neither are you.”
Bishop compared the threat to the KKK’s “violent threats” to which the federal government responded, accusing the Biden administration of inaction.
“Where is the Biden Department of Justice in this violent national campaign?” Bishop asked. “Mr. President, it’s time for action. Do your duty.”
The North State Journal has asked several Democrats in the North Carolina legislature to comment on their votes.
Manning’s office responded by pointing to an official press release that not only rejected both the violence and vandalism, but also attacked it as a “political ploy.”
“To be clear, I reject all forms of violence and vandalism and condemn groups that use destruction as a means to an end. Instead of uniting Congress against acts and vandalism, it introduced unilateral resolutions that used inflammatory language to turn Americans against each other and ignored the violence inflicted on abortion providers.” Manning said. statement“In its current form, this resolution is little more than a political ploy to districts as abortion bans are harming women and families in states across the country.”
Manning listed another bill she co-sponsored, calling for live abortions, because Manning said HR 26 was an “anti-abortion bill” and “rooted in misinformation and unsubstantiated claims.” I voted against the Survivors Protection Act (HR26). “
The office of Rep. Deborah Ross instructed the North State Journal: press statement.
The release states that Ross “voted against resolutions single out acts of violence to promote an anti-selection political agenda while failing to protect medical facilities.”
“House Republicans, in the first few days of winning a majority, are already rushing an extreme agenda that conflicts with the needs of women and the will of the American people,” Ross said. “The vast majority of Americans support women’s right to make decisions about their own bodies. These latest anti-choice laws are nothing less than political stunts. I will unite with my colleagues in the Democratic Party to fight for freedom and oppose these dangerous proposals.”
In an email to the North State Journal, Nickel’s office also mentioned other avenues.
“While MPs did not endorse H. Con. Res. 3, he co-sponsored H. Res. , and all acts of political violence and aggression against patients,” Nickel staffer Kevin Porter replied. “This resolution also affirms the right of all people to reproductive health care and medical advice, free from violence and intimidation.”
end of last summer, Senator Tom Tillis (R-North Carolina), and then-Rep. Ted Budd has called on Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein to protect emergency pregnancy centers in the state and to investigate an attack on an Asheville clinic allegedly perpetrated by the group “Jane’s Revenge.”soLetter dated July 29legislators ask Stein to use the Freedom of Clinic Admission (FACE) Act of 1994 to protect North Carolina’s emergency pregnancy centers.
“These despicable acts violate both North Carolina and federal law. We will protect clinics that refuse to implement,” reads the letter to Stein. “This law gives state attorneys general like you the power to seek civil remedies for conduct that violates the FACE Act.”
The letter was also signed by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-09) and Rep. Greg Murphy (R-03). The request to Mr. Stein was made after 20 U.S. Congressmen reminded him in June that he had a responsibility to defend the Emergency Pregnancy Center by writing to U.S. Attorney General Garland.
Steins response Tillis and Budd confirmed they received the letter, but did not say they would investigate the attack, but said, “As state attorney general, my number one priority is to protect the people of North Carolina.” Stated.
“If you know someone who is behaving violently against people exercising their rights, whether at a pregnancy crisis center or an abortion clinic, I strongly encourage you to notify your local law enforcement. ” wrote Stein.
Senator Budd criticized Stein’s response in an email to the North State Journal.
“Attorney General Stein now refuses to acknowledge that he has the unique power to seek justice against those who threaten emergency pregnancy centers,” Budd wrote. The Federal Department of Justice can and should do more to protect these centers in the face of new threats of violence and vandalism.”