Democrats now pose a public health hazard threat, according to a new mailer that many Iowa voters are receiving. The mail comes courtesy of the Susan B. Anthony list, and it warns voters that the views of Democrat Senate nominee Bruce Braley, who supports abortion rights, represent “potentially life-threatening health dangers.”
I welcome the Republicans’ new found interest in public health; if you though abortions were somehow a “public health hazard” to imaginary babies, wait until you see how many real children die each year from firearms and guns.
The outside of the envelope is in all caps, because of course it is, and reads: “ALERT — CHILDREN IN YOUR AREA ARE VULNERABLE TO A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT THAT CONTINUES UNCONTROLLED.” Inside, the letter opens by “arguing” — and by “arguing” I mean hysterically ranting — that Braley’s view are a danger, and the cite Braley’s vote last year against a bill that would’ve outlaws abortion at 20 weeks after conception. It’s a bill that would’ve challenged the viability limit that Roe v. Wade established in 1973.
The group defended their disingenuous play-pretend letter in an email to BuzzFeed, who first reported on the letter Friday. They breathlessly claimed that “abortion is a very serious public health risk both for the child whose life is ended and the mother who may suffer health complications” and that “voters deserve to know where their candidates stand on this life and death issue.”
Braley’s campaign took issue with the group’s mailer, and in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post on Friday, Sarah Benzing, Braley’s campaign manger, wrote that:
This is a despicable and desperate attempt by state Sen. Joni Ernst’s allies to hide her dangerous record on women’s health care through the use of crass fear mongering. The real health threat is Ernst’s extreme proposals to ban common forms of birth control, criminalize abortions even in the case of rape or incest, and take a woman’s personal health care decisions out of her own hands.
Ernst has made it no secret that she’d support a federal bill that would grant full legal rights to fetuses from the “moment of fertilization,” which medical experts say will ban all abortions as well as commonly-used forms of birth control. After all, there’s nothing like the state mandating your healthcare, am I right, Republicans?
The level of hyperbole they have in this letter verges on self-parody; it’s so frantic and breathless that it makes you wonder: if they have such a great cause, why do they have to lie so much? This is the same tactic that the Religious Right tried with same-sex marriage; their dog’s too stupid to learn new tricks.
You can read the full letter at BuzzFeed.