Congresswoman Renee Ellemers: Protecting Women and the Unborn


Video of the Week
This Tuesday, I spoke on the House floor to voice great sadness and concern following the recent release of two videos exposing the illicit activities of Planned Parenthood. In one of the videos, a Planned Parenthood executive relates, casually and with gruesome detail, the mutilation of an unborn child for the harvest and sale of its organs. These videos send chills down my spine and make my stomach churn. As a nurse and a mom, I believe it is our job as representatives to protect women and their unborn children. I am proud that the Energy and Commerce Committee is launching an investigation into these horrific allegations, and I look forward to standing with my colleagues as we confront this blatant disregard of human life. Click here to watch my full address. 

 

Weekly Update

In April, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) proposed a major change in their approach to breast cancer screenings. The proposal, if finalized, would limit access to mammograms for more than 22 million women, particularly those aged 40 to 49 year old. It would also disproportionately affect underserved women, which is simply unacceptable. Breast cancer prevention is critically important for all women, and it’s crucial that we facilitate access to preventative measures, not hinder it.

On Thursday morning, I spoke at a breakfast put on by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, a nonprofit organization made up of doctors, nurses and breast cancer survivors dedicated to excellence in breast health care, about the USPSTF’s proposal. I emphasized the need to encourage women to visit their doctor regularly, rather than deter them from doing so. I also discussed my upcoming breast cancer legislation with the Consortium. My bill would place a two-year moratorium on the USPSTF’s screening recommendation, giving Congress time to review the implications of the proposal and address concerns about the USPSTF process.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Please contact my offices in Dunn, Asheboro or Washington if we can be of assistance to you. For further updates, please scroll down to see snapshots of my week, and please subscribe to my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.

 

Confronting Breast Cancer
The National Consortium of Breast Centers is dedicated to the development, maintenance, advancement and improvement of the highest-quality Breast Centers, working to ensure only the best breast health care for the public.

As a nurse, I know that breast cancer screening saves lives. I was honored to speak before the Consortium about the steps we would take together to ensure preventative measures remain accessible.

 

Honoring Chattanooga Victims
As Congress reconvened on Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner ordered that the flags over the United States Capitol building be lowered to half-staff in to honor the five service members tragically killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of the victims as we honor their bravery and service. 

 

A Behind-the-Scenes Look into the 2nd District
 Art or industry? It’s both! This photo is from a tour representatives of my office took of AEC Narrow Fabrics in Asheboro. For more updates, follow @RepReneeEllmers on Instagram!

Do you have a picture of the district you want to share? Tag me in your post and I could repost it on my account, @RepReneeEllmers. This beautiful snapshot of a farm in Randolph County was reposted from @northcarolina_ag, originally photographed by @joshua_beeson.

 While visiting Campbell University, I got up close and personal with their mascot, Gaylord the Fighting Camel. Go Second District, Go Camels!