Planned Parenthood blasts Ernst in new ad

Planned Parenthood's political arm is turning its attention to Iowa with a new TV ad blasting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. 


Planned Parenthood Votes announced Tuesday that it will spend $450,000 on its first Iowa TV buy highlighting Ernst's positions on birth control and abortion. 

In the 30-second spot, set to air in the Des Moines market, women around a kitchen table criticize Ernst on a slew of women's health issues. 

"I had no idea her record was this bad. Joni Ernst thinks my boss should have control over whether I get birth control? … Bottom line, Joni Ernst just does not trust women," individual women say in turn. 

Ernst, a member of the Iowa state Senate, is running neck-and-neck against Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell Braley2020 caucuses pose biggest challenge yet for Iowa's top pollster OPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward MORE (D-Iowa) for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinErnst challenges Greenfield to six debates in Iowa Senate race Biden unveils disability rights plan: 'Your voices must be heard' Bottom line MORE (D-Iowa). A new poll out Wednesday morning gave her a 6-point edge. 

Planned Parenthood hopes that highlighting Ernst's opposition to abortion rights and support for the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision will boost Braley in November. 

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