Friday, August 12, 2005

NARAL aborts controversial John Roberts ad

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced that it is pulling it's attack ad on Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts, just a few days after it began airing. The ad aroused a firestorm due to it's graphic attempts to associate John Roberts with the 1998 abortion clinic bombings in Birmingham, a claim which was handily debunked by the non-partisan watchdog group FactCheck.org.

NARAL condescendingly issued the predictable non-apology apology:

"We regret that many people have misconstrued our recent advertisement about Mr. Roberts' record," NARAL President Nancy Keenan said.

Translation: "We regret that you people are so stupid as to not realize our good intentions". Actually NARAL, the fact that so many people did understand the ad is the reason you are in such hot water at the moment.

"Unfortunately, the debate over that advertisement has become a distraction from the serious discussion we hoped to have with the American public," she said in a letter Thursday to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who earlier in the day had urged the group to withdraw the ad.

Translation: "Yeah sure we lied -- but this man is a threat to Roe vs. Wade if he gets on the bench so we have to do whatever it takes to get controversy swirling around him." By the way, if it is serious discussion you want, a good first step would be to tell the truth.

Keenan's response said the group would replace the ad with one that "examines Mr. Roberts' record on several points, including his advocacy for overturning Roe v. Wade, his statement questioning the right to privacy, and his arguments against using a federal civil rights law to protect women and their doctors and nurses from those who use blockades and intimidation."

One thing struck me about the original ad as I watched it: pro-abortion groups have always cried foul whenever grisly images of aborted fetuses were displayed during pro-life demonstrations and in advertisements. Why then is it okay for NARAL to roll out footage of a bloody-faced Emily Lyons in an attempt to smear the reputation of a well-respected judge?

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