NC abortion ultrasound law at issue in campaign ad
A campaign ad in a Wilmington state senate district taps controversy over a new abortion law but visually makes reference to a procedure not specifically mentioned in the measure.Posted — Updated
North Carolina’s ultrasound law, passed last year over the governor’s veto, didn’t provoke the same level of controversy. It doesn't include the words "trans-vaginal probe," either. But it effectively requires the procedure for many, if not most, abortions.
The new law requires an ultrasound before any abortion procedure. The woman has to be shown the image of the fetus, have the image described to her, and be offered the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat.
Planned Parenthood of Central NC spokeswoman Paige Johnson said her group lobbied hard against other parts of the bill, but didn’t make a big issue of the probe. That’s because her group uses them, too.
Johnson says Planned Parenthood requires an ultrasound before every abortion to “date” the pregnancy. NC law allows abortion only within the first 20 weeks, except when the mother’s life or health is threatened.
In the Butler commercial, the candidate shows viewers a "trans-vaginal probe," although never explicitly says what it is.
For what it's worth, the Butler-Goolsby race is in a swing district that both Republican and Democratic strategists are paying a lot of attention to this year.
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