Is this the year of the squirming baby political TV commercial? Following on the heals of the MoveOn.org squirming baby ad, comes the Family Research Council equivalent.
TPM Election Central and the New York Times' Caucus Blog are reporting that the Family Research Council is airing a new TV ad attacking Sen. Barack Obama on the issue of life beginning at conception. The ad is running in Cincinnati, then Atlanta, Dallas and other markets. FRC is not disclosing how much air time they bought or how long the ad will run. Its low production values suggest they are putting more into airing it than making it, but low production values don't work on TV, suggesting this is more of an online effort to provoke news coverage.
In the ad, Tony Perkins, President of FRC, takes issue with Obama talking about fathers being responsible beyond conception, then twists the point Obama made into a question about when life begins. In a statement, Perkins said,
Here is what Tony Perkins is not saying.
"Barack Obama has made some very important points in his speeches, particularly his speech about fatherhood, but there is a disconnect between when he is saying and the political positions he has taken, and if he is going to be pro family he has got to be pro family."
No, Tony Perkins doesn't go into the detail behind his over-simplified notion of why he wants you to define life as starting at conception. He doesn't tell you that he wants to take away your condoms, birth control pills and other contraceptive devices. He doesn't tell you he wants you to have 5 or more kids just like he does, regardless of your ability to love, provide and care for them, or the circumstances under which you became pregnant.
Tony Perkins won't tell you that the very best way to reduce unintended pregnancies is by empowering women, teaching young people the facts with comprehensive sexuality education, and making sure that contraception is accessible and affordable.
Most importatnly, he won't tell you that instead of engaging Sen. Obama on the point he was making, the importance of responsible parenting, Tony Perkins does what social conservatives always do -- distract the debate about serious issues in this country to focus on the one issue they need to have front and center in order to turn out their base supporters -- abortion. For them, it's not about life, parenting, fatherhood or responsibility -- it is about overturning Roe v. Wade and prohibiting one medical procedure, which will do nothing to reduce abortion, it will only harm women and make them criminals. Like the baby in the ad, anyone who has ever used contraception or wanted to determine when and how many childen to have, should be suirming when they see this ad.
Originally posted on RH Reality Check.org