Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ad Watch: Ramsey Tells Big Whoppers in Pandering to Abortion Foes

Posted by on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 9:52 AM

The MSM isn't doing it, so we guess it's up to Pith in the Wind to defend democracy in this state. When the politicians lie to you in their ads, you can count on Pith to call bullshit. And in Ron Ramsey's new radio ad—blatant pandering to the pro-life crowd—the bullshit flows like special-interest cash into the Ramsey campaign coffers.

"I’ll never forget the day I held each of our three daughters in my arms for the first time," Ramsey says in the ad. "This is Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey [as if we wouldn't recognize his high-pitched hillbilly whine]. God’s gift of life is a treasure…. it should be honored and protected. But for too long in Tennessee, our laws gave no protection to the unborn. So I did something about it."

What did Ramsey do? The ad claims first of all that he passed "a strong new constitutional amendment to protect the unborn." Well, actually lawmakers passed a resolution to strip abortion rights out of the state constitution, but they took only the first step in the process. In the next General Assembly, the resolution must pass by a super-majority, then it would go on the ballot in 2014 for voters to decide. And even if voters do amend the constitution, abortion still will be legal in Tennessee as long as Roe v. Wade stands. What the legislature did in passing SJR127 was grandstanding, pure and simple, so Republicans like Ramsey can beat their chests about it in radio ads like this one.

Let's look at what the ad says next: "And when he became Lieutenant Governor, Ron Ramsey helped strip Planned Parenthood of state funding that had been in place since the 1970s."

That refers to another bit of pointless grandstanding by the Republicans. In a law aimed only at Nashville and Memphis, legislators tried to screw Planned Parenthood by directing the Bredesen administration to give federal family planning money to the county health departments. Unfortunately for the wingnuts, those departments don't want the money. Their staffs aren't large enough to provide the services. So they still give it to Planned Parenthood.

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