Ossoff ad hits Handel on Planned Parenthood

Jon Ossoff, the Democrat running in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, slammed his Republican opponent in a new attack ad over her time at the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The ad features an OBGYN from Cobb County, Ga., who notes that early screening for breast and cervical cancers are essential to saving lives. 

“But Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelOvernight Health Care: Kavanaugh questioned if Roe v. Wade was 'settled law' in leaked email | Senate to vote next week on opioid package | Officials seek to jail migrant children indefinitely | HHS chief, lawmakers meet over drug prices Worst-case scenario for House GOP is 70-seat wipeout 2 women win Georgia Dem runoffs, extending streak for female candidates MORE cut off funding for Planned Parenthood cancer screenings when she was an executive at Susan G. Komen,” Dr. Mindy Fine says in the ad.

“I don’t usually get involved in politics, but as a doctor and a breast cancer survivor myself, what Karen Handel did is unforgivable.” 

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Handel resigned from her post at the Susan G. Komen Foundation in 2012, after the organization overturned a previous decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood.

Handel, who released her first TV ad for the June 20 runoff election on Tuesday, dismissed Ossoff’s attack in a statement.

"We always knew Jon Ossoff would lie and distort in order to get back to Washington,” Handel said. “I am proud to have advocated for women's health issues for virtually my entire adult life and will fight every day in Congress for Georgia women and their families." 

The race for the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (R-Ga.) is heating up as Democrats seek to make it a referendum on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE’s tenure thus far. While Republicans have long cruised to victory in the district, Trump won by just a narrow margin in the November election.