New Nelson Dollar ad falsely claims he is “a leading advocate for women’s health”
Desperate to hold on to his decades-long career as a political insider and facing an incredibly strong challenger, Wake County Republican Nelson Dollar is misleading voters on his record on women’s health.
In an ad, Dollar claims he is “a leading advocate for women’s health.” However, as a key leader and main budget writer in the House, Dollar led Republicans in passing some of the most stringent anti-abortion legislation in the country.
As a House leader Dollar placed unnecessary and even creepy burdens on people seeking medical care and cut funding for basic programs:
- In 2015 Dollar voted for a restrictive bill that required doctors send ultrasound images to state health officials, an invasion of privacy criticized as a tactic to create “hurdles to women and doctors.”
- He also voted to defund Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy prevention programs, increasing the likelihood of teen pregnancy and making it even more difficult for low-income North Carolinians to access health care.
- Dollar voted for the so-called “Women’s Right to Know” bill which was ruled unconstitutional, required medically unnecessary and invasive ultrasounds, and mandated that providers give medically inaccurate information to patients.
- Dollar wrote and voted for the 2018 budget that failed to appropriate funds to test more than 15,000 backlog of untested rape kits, delaying justice for survivors.
While cutting and obstructing abortion services and pregnancy care, Dollar wrote budgets that spend millions of taxpayer dollars on “crisis pregnancy centers” that mislead people seeking care. These centers are not required to have trained medical professionals on staff, but claim to offer free ultrasounds and other services.
Dollar, who has been in the House since 2002 and has served as Republicans’ chief budget writer since they’ve controlled the legislature, faces Democrat Julie von Haefen in what is predicted to be a very close race in this suburban Wake County district.