Newsom Super PAC Abortion Ad Depicts Pregnant Minor in Handcuffs

Feb 27, 2024 | Political News

California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s super PAC launched a misleading television ad in Tennessee on Friday, which uses fearmongering to spread misconceptions about a proposed bill designed to keep minors from being trafficked out of state for abortions without parental consent.

The ad from Campaign for Democracy is titled “Hostage” and depicts a pregnant minor, who appears to have been sexually assaulted, handcuffed to a hospital bed, screaming. The narrator of the video tells viewers, “Trump Republicans want to criminalize young women who travel to receive the reproductive care they need. Don’t let them hold Tennessee women hostage.”

The advertisement appears to be an effort to paint the proposed legislation as a bill that would criminalize young girls who go out of state for abortions. To the contrary, the proposed bill (House Bill 1895 and its companion Senate Bill 1971) would outlaw “recruit[ing], harbor[ing], or transport[ing] a pregnant unemancipated minor” within the state for the purpose of concealing a criminal abortion from parents or guardians, procuring an act that would constitute a criminal abortion regardless of where it is procured, or obtaining abortion drugs for the minor for a criminal abortion. A violation of the law would be a Class C felony.