Planned Parenthood Votes Spends $100K on 134th House Race

Planned Parenthood Votes is spending $100,000 on TV commercials to try to defeat Ryan Mackenzie in the 134th House race.

Local cable stations and WFMZ are airing $100,000 worth of TV commercials bought by Planned Parenthood Votes to try to defeat Republican in the hotly contested 134th House race.

Planned Parenthood Votes is a Pennsylvania state-registered political committee. The national Planned Parenthood Action Fund administers Planned Parenthood Votes.

Mackenzie is calling the ads a "$100,000 lie" being told in an attempt to try to "scare voters and buy the election," according to a media advisory he sent. 

The TV spots attempt to tie Mackenzie to a controversial proposal to require women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound. Mackenzie opposes the ultrasound bill, which has no chance of being passed into law after being pulled from the legislative agenda.

The ad claims Mackenzie's "Harrisburg friends" support the bill.

What impact will TV commercials have on the outcome of the 134th District race? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, other commercials slamming both Mackenzie and his opponent, , are also filling the airwaves.

PoliticsPa reports spending is running two to one against Mackenzie and they named the House Democratic Campaign Committee to their April 20 Up/Down list because of the potential for Democrats to win all six special elections being held across the state Tuesday.

According to PoliticsPa:

  • Voter registration in the 134th House District is 44 to 41 percent Republican
  • Corbett won the district by 61 to 39 percent
  • Sen. Pat Toomey won 58 to 42 percent

Editor's Note: This article has been changed to say the ads were launched by Planned Parenthood Votes.

srodham69 April 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
This is not an examination. It's an ultrasound. A pregnancy test verifies the pregnancy. The ultrasound has no medical use for someone wishing to terminate the pregnancy though I suspect you already understand that. No one could truly believe the stupid things you wrote below were for anything but affect. Sorry. Wrong audience. My brain still works. I don't need people to tell me how I have to think.
taxed-enough April 24, 2012 at 02:05 AM
An ultrasound gives a mother informed consent based on a clear appreciation and understanding of their condition. For instance, if it is a multiple pregnancy like twins, a pregnancy test can not detect that. I am at a loss as to why you would not want to have a complete diagnosis before having medical procedures performed. Mothers should have more information, not less. Other states have passed informed consent laws. Informed consent is a legal term meaning that a patient should have a clear appreciation and understanding of their condition before making medical decisions. Ultrasounds are used routinely to verify the age of the fetus, which pregnancy tests can not determine. Pregnancy tests also can not detect multiples. Again, mothers should have more information, not less.
ron April 24, 2012 at 04:13 AM
You were right with your earlier post that no government or taxpayers should intrude in any issue as personal as this. But i equally believe government and taxpayers should not have to pay for it either. The fact that they can raise $100,000 so fast for a political campaign shows there are other ways to raise money for a good cause besides taxes. And i would feel the same way if all they did was to provide care to men seeking medical treatment and diagnosis. And no i am not a cruel and heartless person, i would gladly donate to all the good causes i could, just dont force me to thru taxes thats not the purpose of government !
taxed-enough April 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM
So, there are reasonable people who disagree here on this subject. That makes sense. What does not make sense is that MacKenzie knows about these news articles and tv ads, and will not clarify or take any position. MacKenzie's website does not clarify this subject at all. His mailings do not clarify his position on this subject at all. He says Planned Parenthood mailings are misleading, but will not say what he stands for. Just wants to get elected without showing where he stands, or how he would vote? Sad that it is election day, and we could vote for candidates that avoid taking any position or attending any debates.
careless fills April 25, 2012 at 01:02 PM
$100,000 flushed down the toilet! Think about how many lives have been saved. After all, PP apologists like to say that tax payer money doesn't fund the ads or abortions, so whoever does wasted their money demonizing MacKenzie!


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