Sen. Tillis: ‘We Have to Do Everything We Can to Protect the Life of the Unborn’

Megan Williams | November 5, 2021 | 11:46am EDT
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Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C) (Photo by TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C) (Photo by TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

( - When asked if he believes an unborn baby with a beating heart has the right to life, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said, “We have to do everything we can to protect the life of the unborn.”  

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, asked the senator, “Does an unborn baby with a beating heart have the God-given right to life?” 

Tillis responded, “My record on life is pretty well recorded during my time as speaker of the House [of the North Carolina House of Representatives]. I think we have to do everything we can to protect the life of the unborn.” 

The Texas Heartbeat Law, or S.B. 8, was heard at the Supreme Court on Monday. The law restricts abortions after six weeks of gestation--when a fetus develops its own heartbeat. 

Texas’ law is unique from previous heartbeat laws that were struck down by the Supreme Court, because it relies on civil enforcement. Citizens, not government officials, can file lawsuits against anyone who performs or aids an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, the legislation states.  

“Right now in the great state of Texas, every single child with a detectable heartbeat is legally protected from being killed by the violence of abortion,” founder and president of Live Action, a pro-life group, told The Wall Street Journal. “This is a historic step forward for basic human rights, but more progress must be made.”

Three weeks after the law went into effect, the House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, which prevents states from creating legislation that restricts abortion access in the United States. 

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), who first introduced the bill back in 2013, said in a statement, "We have had Roe v. Wade in effect for 50 years. We have been protected by that. It wasn't until 2011, [when] we saw states pass these medically unnecessary laws — which dictated the width of clinic doors and forced doctors to have medically unnecessary admitting privileges or where they required an ultrasound — that we saw that we just have to get the Women's Health Protection Act in place, so that ... we weren't playing whack-a-mole with each of these states and their laws."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, supported the Women’s Health Protection Act and has pioneered the Build Back Better bill--which extends taxpayer funding of abortion. 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote a letter to all members of Congress, showing support for the extension of health services in the Build Back Better agenda, but condemning the extension of taxpayer funding for abortion. 

“We have been consistent in our position and reiterate that it would be a calamity if the important and life-affirming provisions in this bill were accompanied by provisions facilitating and funding the destruction of unborn human life,” the Bishops wrote. “No proposal to support individuals needing affordable health care coverage should compel Americans to pay for the destruction of human life through their tax dollars.”

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