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Fact checking ads in the NC Senate District 9 race

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WECT is fact checking a couple of ads in the District 9 state senate race as Democrat challenger Deborah Butler continues to hammer Republican incumbent Thom Goolsby on the issue of women's health. WECT is fact checking a couple of ads in the District 9 state senate race as Democrat challenger Deborah Butler continues to hammer Republican incumbent Thom Goolsby on the issue of women's health.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - WECT is fact checking a couple of ads in the District 9 state senate race as Democrat challenger Deborah Butler continues to hammer Republican incumbent Thom Goolsby on the issue of women's health.

In Butler's newest commercial, an OB/GYN is criticizing Goolsby for supporting a law requiring an ultrasound before an abortion.

"Thom Goolsby voted for this law and said, 'We want women to understand what they're doing.' Senator, I've been a doctor for 40 years; women know what they're doing," says Dr. Tackey Crist in the commercial. 

Butler says that she's never met the doctor, who's from Jacksonville, NC, featured in the ad.

"He actually saw the original ad and came to me and said he wanted to help in any way possible because he felt so frustrated by this legislation," said Butler. 

Butler's original ad also included video of a transvaginal wand, which is considered by some as an invasive way of performing an ultrasound. 

In that ad, Butler says, "This is Goolsby's contribution to women's health. A medical, unnecessary, invasive procedure that is now required by state law." 

WECT fact checked this claim, and the legislation Butler refers to does require an ultrasound before getting an abortion; but, not this specific type.

"It doesn't use that term, but it's a medical necessity," said Butler. "You can't otherwise produce the image necessary. See, I think that's an interesting way. If you're in the legislature, and that's your social agenda, you'll do everything in your power to sneak that by women and not have them see that incendiary word. But, boots on the ground, implementation of that legislation requires that procedure in order to produce the image in the early weeks of pregnancy. There's just no way around it."

WECT also spoke with someone from Planned Parenthood, who says they have used transvaginal wands for years because it's sound medicine.

We also wanted to question Thom Goolsby on supporting the law and if he believes government should tell doctors how to perform an abortion. However, we were unable to interview him in person.

He sent us the following statement:

"No rights were taken from anyone in our bipartisan legislation and ultrasound procedures were not changed at all.  In fact, democrat governor Jim Hunt mandated the use of an ultrasound for a woman's safety starting in 1994."

He went on to say, "Butler is either clueless or worse, a candidate using outright falsehoods to scare voters." 

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