As I covered previously, despite Thom Tillis not being a solid defender of the 2nd amendment, he was endorsed by the National Rifle Association anyway. His main opponent Dr. Greg Brannon took Tillis to task for his comments in support of "reasonable gun laws", and Brannon has rightly been endorsed by Gun Owners of America, National Association for Gun Rights, and a state gun group called Grass Roots North Carolina.
The NRA is not the only large national organization to endorse Tillis despite his less than stellar record on their primary advocacy issue. National Right to Life has endorsed Tillis as well.
And yet, as the News & Observer reports, Tillis cannot be relied on to defend all human life. Under Tillis's column on the abortion issue, it states:
"Should be illegal except to save the life of the mother, and in cases of rape and incest."
Everyone agrees that abortion should be allowed to save the life of the mother, because one life is not more valuable than another life, and in such a terrible situation, one must be chosen. But supporting abortion in the cases of rape and incest presume that the crimes which caused the conception outweigh the crime of killing the innocent life created by the conception. This is a morally backward position, regardless of how popular it may be politically.
This endorsement is troubling. Why did the NRTL feel the need to endorse Tillis, when Brannon, a pro-life OB-GYN, and Rev. Mark Harris, an influential Christian leader in the state, are reliably 100% pro-life?
North Carolina voters need to look past the endorsements of well-known organizations and make sure that they support the candidate that most aligns with their values.