NARAL Smears John Roberts

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Many I’m close to have been surprised that I’m so supportive of Roberts, but I believe his record shows, for the most part, a reasonable person who respect the letter of the law.

Now comes word that NARAL has launched an ad that ties Roberts with a abortion clinic bomber.

Oh yes, it’s all BS.

From Factcheck.org:

An abortion-rights group is running an attack ad accusing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers “supporting . . . a convicted clinic bomber� and of having an ideology that “leads him to excuse violence against other Americans� It shows images of a bombed clinic in Birmingham , Alabama .

The ad is false.

And the ad misleads when it says Roberts supported a clinic bomber. It is true that 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.

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.

This is shameful. NARAL should pull the ad.

UPDATE: 10:19 pm
Drudge Report says that CNN is going to run the ad.

Ugh.

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