The Planned Parenthood abortion business is not very good at complying with the law when it comes to abortion. Now news reports indicate the Montana affiliate of the abortion giant broke the law in the Treasure State in order to defeat a pro-life candidate.
Commissioner Jonathan Motl, in an opinion issued Monday, said Planned Parenthood failed to notify GOP legislative candidate Tonya Shellnutt of attack ads targeting her in the last 10 days before the Nov. 4 election. State law requires that candidates receive two days notice of attacks launched during the election cycle’s last 10 days so they can respond.
Planned Parenthood acknowledged to Motl that its attack against Shellnutt didn’t comply with state law, then self-reported committing the same violation against Missoula Republican Dick Haines.
Shellnutt lost by 532 votes to Democrat Mary McNally in Senate District 24. Haines’ race was much closer in Senate District 49. The Missoula Republican lost to Democrat Diane Sands by 35 votes in a race that was decided by recount last week.
Shellnutt says she does not know how this affected the election.
“It’s about principle,” Shellnutt said. “It’s about doing the right thing. It’s about following the law. You can’t gauge would it have made a difference, would it not have made a difference. You don’t know. But the people of Senate District 24 deserved the truth and they didn’t get that. That’s what really matters. It’s about the principle versus the outcome.”
Shellnutt told how she would have responded if given notice.
“I have worked with women that have been involved in physical abuse, drug abuse, domestic abuse and I do work with women in a mentor capacity,” Shellnutt said. “So for somebody to come out and say that I am against women or that I am in no way shape or form trying to help women is ludicrous.”
“I have worked with women who have had abortions and know first hand how damaging it is for them and how they have to deal with the emotions of guilt and things of that nature. And so for them to come out and portray me as anti-women, it’s just a flat out lie.”
She also questioned Planned Parenthood’s support of women.
“Here’s an organization that says that they’re for women and they support women’s rights and all of that,” Shellnutt said. “But they spent a lot of money to wage war on me because my ideals don’t match up with their agenda. So really, are they all about helping women or are they about candidates who will further their agenda?”