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October 20, 2022

It’s always a tough call, but Rep. Eric Swalwell might actually take the prize for the midterm elections’ slimiest and most dishonest campaign ad. The ad shows a mother being pulled away from her husband and two children at dinner and being arrested for having had an abortion, with the tag, "MAGA Republicans want women arrested for having an abortion. This is what that looks like.”

As Rebecca Downs at points out, no pro-life abortion laws call for arresting the mother. Any criminal charges are aimed at abortion providers. A spokeswoman for the National Right to Life Committee called the ad fear-mongering misinformation. Last May, the NRLC put out an open letter signed by dozens of pro-life organizations, urging state legislators “to reject legislation and policy initiatives that would impose criminal penalties on women who have abortions," saying that these women “require compassion and support, not criminalization."

However, if you want to see what it really would look like to have gun-toting government goons arrest someone in front of their terrified families and threaten them with federal prison just because of their beliefs on abortion, I can show you actual video of the FBI doing that to pro-life activists.

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