Renee Ellmers & the 2012, 2013 AND 2015 late-term abortion bans

neeUS Rep. Renee Ellmers recently made a mess for herself on an issue that should have been a slam-dunk for her.  Ellmers has regularly been endorsed by pro-life activists.  Yet, last month, she stirred up a ruckus by pulling her sponsorship of a late-term abortion ban that had been wholeheartedly endorsed by her apparent allies in the pro-life movement.

Ellmers offered up a number of excuses for her action.  She expressed concern about a provision that says rape and incest victims need to file a police nee1report before trying to get a late-term abortion.  The problem?  She had co-sponsored and voted for an identical piece of legislation in 2013.   Why was the bill OK in 2013 but not in 2015?  

Ellmers suggested that she had been tricked by some of her colleagues to vote for the 2013 version of the bill.  She even tried to suggest that voting for this bill would have hurt the farm bill and her farming constituents.    She even had her spokes-girl out there suggesting that Ellmers objected to this year’s version of the bill because the federal government “is not in the business” of determining what IS and IS NOT rape.    Ellmers even revived the old trick of blaming liberal media bias — even though that didn’t work too well for her in one of her earlier public screwups. 

I had an interesting conversation with some Capitol Hill sources today about Renee Ellmers and the issue of banning late-term abortion.  They informed me that there was actually a third bill — in 2012 — that Ellmers co-sponsored and voted for.  The 2012 bill was a ban on late-term abortion in The District of Columbia.   Said one of my sources:

”The 2012 bill was the same as what she complained about last month.  The big differences from this year’s bill were — one — that it deshes lyingalt only with DC and — two — that it had no exceptions built in for rape or incest.  Those were the two issues she was hung up on this year. She said she had a problem with the rape and incest qualifications in this year’s bill, but she had no qualms about voting for a bill in 2012 that did not even address rape or incest.”

Source #2 explained that the 2013 bill started off not having an exception for rape or incest.  But concerns by House leadership led to the rape and incest exceptions being inserted into the legislation at the very last minute.  My source said Ellmers slapped her name on the bill as a co-sponsor BEFORE the rape and incest exception was added.  After the addition of that exception, the 2013 bill became identical to the bill in 2015 that so upset Ellmers.  Ellmers voted FOR the 2013 bill.   Said Source #2:

” I think, when you look at the big picture, you can determine at least four things about her: (1) she’s not very smart, (2) she’s in way over her head up here in Washington, (3) she has no problem voting for bills she apparently hasn’t read, and (4) she has no problem co-sponsoring bills she apparently hasn’t read.”


10 thoughts on “Renee Ellmers & the 2012, 2013 AND 2015 late-term abortion bans

  1. And, (5) she does what she’s told by leadership and/or her purported lover regardless of what NC2 voters want.

  2. A couple of question for NC2 voters:

    1. Are you alarmed by Ellmers’ U-turns on critical issues, or did you expect this, when you voted for her?

    2. Are you curious about what’s happening in D.C. to inspire her about-faces and gyrations?

    3. What are you planning to do about it?

    (Aborted babies not available for comment.)

  3. But when all is said and done, she was reelected. I am sick of hearing “but she (or he) is better than the alternative”. Every time we reelect those who have betrayed us, we tell them that it’s OK to betray us.

    Is anyone surprised when we are betrayed over and over again?

    1. After Haley Barbour, Henry Barbour, Mitch McConnell, and other establishment GOP thugs engaged in their dishonest dirty tricks, including flagrant race baiting, to steal the GOP Senate nomination in Mississippi from Chris McDaniel last year, and Reince Priebus swept complaints including from a state GOP chairman in another state, under the rug, I have totally renounced ever again voting on the basis of the lesser of the evils. Henceforth, before I will vote for any candidate, I am going to have to see how that candidate moves conservative principles on key issues forward. Merely being not quite as bad as the Democrat is not enough to cut it.

      On the Red State site, some posters from other states urged during the last campaign that North Carolinians should vote for Tillis in order to get a Senate majority, particularly so that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) could move up to chairman of the powerful Budget Committee after years as the ranking Republican on that committee. Well, we got the majority, and then that suckweasel McConnell pulled some maneuvers and snaked Sessions out of that chairmanship. McConnell takes a powder rather than fight Democrats on key issues, but he vowed to the NY Times to ”crush them [conservatives] everywhere”. As Gov. Rick Perry said recently, ”a Congressional majority is a terrible thing to waste”. McConnell won’t fight Democrats, but he fights conservatives in his own party with a vengeance.

      1. Today’s RINOs have more in common with Democrats than with conservatives. Makes me wonder whether the RINOs have even READ the Republican Party Platform.

        They’re not worth your vote, conservatives. Our system of government is broken, the RINOs helped break it, and they have lots of incentive to keep it broken.

        The only hill they can be trusted to defend is the one owned by the Chamber of Commerce.

        There’s only so many hours in the day, and the RINOs can’t squander them on representing us . . . because, those Jeb shrines aren’t going to polish themselves, you know?

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