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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new ad in the race for state Senate District 9 is grabbing people’s attention. Deb Butler’s new ad says incumbent Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby is trying to follow women into the doctor’s office.

In the new television ad, Butler discusses the use of a transvaginal wand and how Goolsby’s policies play into a medical exam.

“I’m Deb Butler, and I think we need to have a candid conversation about what Thom Goolsby’s policies mean for North Carolina women,” Butler says in the ad, which is getting national attention.

In the commercial, the Democratic challenger shows a transvaginal wand, which an instrument used to do ultrasounds early in a pregnancy. Butler says Goolsby says he wants limited government, but his support for a law requiring women to get an ultrasound before an abortion goes against that.

“Somebody coming in between you and your physician is not limiting government,” Butler said. “I mean, if there’s anything in life that is personal and private, it’s that.”

Goolsby say Butler is too liberal for North Carolina. He says Butler has no plan for North Carolina and is only working on surprising voters.

“All the things that I’ve done in Raleigh, and they’re all available, you know what they are, and the fact of the matter then is to just run shock value ads,” Goolsby said. “Well, that’s what Occupy Wilmington does, and none of that surprises me from their lawyer.”

Butler says Goolsby’s criticism is just a distraction.

“If he were proud of the legislation, I suppose he would be talking about that, when instead he’s talking about my community service,” she said. “Yes, I represented Occupy Wilmington and their rights of free speech, their constitutionally-protected rights of free speech, assembly, and I’ll do it again and again and again.”

Goolsby says he stands beside all the legislation he’s support. He says instead of focusing on butler’s ad, which is bringing her donations from across the country, he will focus on creating jobs.

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2016 years 1 day ago

I’ve seen this ad on television several times…

1. She never identifies what the device she is holding is. At first I thought it was some kind of odd sex toy. In the course of over 20 years of gynecological exams and 2 pregnancies I have never seen this device.

2. She never mentions the word abortion in the ad. Obviously she is not that proud of her pro-choice stance.

3. Why is she airing this ad on Fox News – the viewers of that network are not going to vote for her.

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2016 years 1 day ago

Who is going to speak for that baby that may be thrown out like so much rubbish? Someone needs to be a voice for a baby that can’t do it themselves. If I want a baby, I know how to get one. If I don’t, I also know how NOT to get one. Why not take responsibility for your body and don’t have unprotected sex until you DO want that baby – or don’t have sex. Then, you don’t need to worry about having an abortion. That’s what I did, and you know what?… Read more »

2016 years 1 day ago

Yes. The Republicans Straight party voting gave you in New Hanover Brian Berger and us in Brunswick Charles Warren. Well done Republicans

2016 years 1 day ago

. . . remember this when you VOTE! Not just for the senate seat, but for ALL of your votes.

2016 years 1 day ago

Maybe you should take your own advice about engaging the brain, yo9u know? They got here because of abortion?
I suppose you are proub of your semi-illiteracy.

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