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Planned Parenthood Votes says Joe Heck 'voted to criminalize abortion for rape victims'
The Planned Parenthood Votes ad said that "Joe Heck voted to criminalize abortion for rape victims."
The group has a point that a bill Heck voted for and co-sponsored would have criminalized medical professionals from performing abortions after 20 weeks for rape victims who are not at risk of death or significant physical health complications due to pregnancy, at least in Washington, D.C. This would have eliminated all legal abortions for women in that category.
However, the ad blurs the issue of whether medical professionals or the women themselves would be at risk of prosecution. Only medical professionals would face legal consequences under the bill, but the ad’s imagery implies otherwise, using only women as visuals. On balance, we rate the ad Half True.READ MORE