New Lizbeth Benacquisto radio spot attacks GOP opponents on “sanctity of life”

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Hitting the airwaves today in Florida’s 19th Congressional District is a new radio ad attacking GOP candidates Curt Clawson and Paige Kreegel for their seemingly “pro-life” positions.

The ad, sponsored by Lizbeth Benacquisto, claims her two conservative opponents say they are pro-life, but evidence exists that “tell a much different story.”

Kreegel, a physician, was once sued and accused of “encouraging the termination of an unwanted pregnancy,” according to court documents (found below).

Clawson, as CEO of Hayes-Lemmerz International, is listed as a board member of the Thailand-based Population and Development International, led by Dr. Mechai Viravaidya.

PDI is also part of Population and Community Development Association, created to assist local institutions worldwide to improve the quality of life of rural poor through health, community development, educational, and environmental protection projects.

To support the claims of the 60-second spot, the Benacquisto released data showing PDI is closely partnered with the PDA in Thailand, which operates clinics performing abortions through a loophole in Thailand’s anti-abortion laws, as “a way of population control.”

Clawson and Kreegel “don’t value the sanctity of life,” the ad concludes, “and they don’t share our values.”

The ad is also available on YouTube, but can be heard here:


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