NC state senate candidate wields vaginal probe in campaign ad

From Deb Butler, the Democratic candidate who’s running the ad:

“Expelliarmus!” (h/t to reader Naja for that one)

Wilmington NC Senator Thom Goolsby voted the radical Republican party line when he helped pass the most restrictive women’s health laws in the country last year. Deb Butler reminds voters of the realities beneath the politics: canceled coverage, invasive exams and government mandated counseling written by republican politicians.

More from the News Tribune:

Butler, who is a lawyer, said Wednesday that she has researched the medical issues and learned the wand could be used in a number of circumstances. The main issue is, she said, “I don’t think the legislature should be part of that conversation between a woman and her doctor.”

In her ad, Butler shows one of the devices and says, “Few would dare show you this, but this is Thom Goolsby’s contribution to women’s health.”

“He promised us his first priority would be jobs, but instead he’s following us into the doctor’s office,” adds Butler.

Butler says as a cervical cancer survivor she also criticizes Goolsby, a Wilmington lawyer, for voting to defund Planned Parenthood’s women’s health programs, which include cancer screenings and do not include abortions.

Speaking of gutsy women, earlier today we reported on the Australian Prime Minister destroying the opposition leader in a 15-minute speech about sexism and misogyny that will go down in the history books. If you haven’t yet seen the video, go over to our post and watch it.

Oh, and she’s openly gay as well (I didn’t even realize until after I wrote this up!)  You can donate to her campaign here, if you’re so inclined.


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