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A TV ad for Rep. Mikie Sherrill's re-election campaign in September 2022. (Photo: Sherrill for Congress).

New Sherrill TV ad hits DeGroot on abortion

By David Wildstein, September 28 2022 11:26 am

A new TV ad for Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in New Jersey’s 11th district goes after Republican challenger Paul DeGroot on abortion. 

The ad, “You Got It,” uses DeGroot’s response to a Star-Ledger reporter who asked if he would back an abortion ban without exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother, and he responded, “you got it.”  DeGroot has said he believes state’s should set their own laws and is personally pro-choice. 

The ad began airing yesterday on broadcast and cable television. 

Script: “(Narrator) On letting the government ban abortion, Paul DeGroot says, “You got it.” “With no exceptions whatsoever?”… DeGroot? “You got it.” Paul DeGroot, he’s that extreme. Okay with banning abortion. No exceptions for rape. Incest. Not even to save a woman’s life. (Man) Paul DeGroot? He’s just wrong for New Jersey. (Woman): Protecting our personal freedoms… NJ WOMAN: …that’s Mikie Sherrill. (Sherrill): I’m Mikie Sherrill. In Congress, I’ll always fight to keep politicians out of your personal health decisions. And that’s why I approve this message.”

Sherrill is seeking her third term in Congress against DeGroot, a former assistant Passaic County prosecutor. 

“Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe, states across the country moved swiftly to ban abortion with no exceptions. My opponent is fine with these laws because he thinks these decisions belong with government, not women,” Sherrill said.  “Access to abortion is access to essential healthcare. Women’s rights shouldn’t hinge on a state line. In Congress, I’ll continue to fight to keep politicians out of your personal health decisions and codify Roe. Paul DeGroot won’t.”

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