NARAL Falsely Accuses Supreme Court Nominee Roberts of “supporting . . . a convicted clinic bomber”
Roberts sided with the bomber and many other defendants in a civil case, but the case didn't deal with bombing at all. Roberts argued that abortion clinics who brought the suit had no right use an 1871 federal anti-discrimination statute against anti-abortion protesters who tried to blockade clinics. Eventually a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court agreed, too. Roberts argued that blockades were already illegal under state law.Straight from Factcheck.org itself.
The images used in the ad are especially misleading. The pictures are of a clinic bombing that happened nearly seven years after Roberts signed the legal brief in question...
To the contrary, during the Reagan administration when he was Associate Counsel to the President, Roberts drafted a memo saying abortion-clinic bombers "should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." In the 1986 memo, Roberts called abortion bombers "criminals" and "misguided individuals"...
NARAL expects to spend "half a million dollars worth of airtime in coming weeks" just for this false, misleading ad.
Gee, they could spend that $500,000 to help women with crisis pregnancies who don't want abortions too, but what am I thinking!?
HT: The Nixatron Blog-Times