State lawmaker’s absurd statements on crisis pregnancy center controversy

You’ve got to hand it to State Rep. Paul Stam: No one in the North Carolina General Assembly can tell a blatant untruth more unflinchingly than the House Majority Leader. If required to do it, the Wake County Republican could gaze wide-eyed into a TV camera with his patented, semi-bemused, semi-condescending tone and explain to you why the sky is, and always has been, green.

A case in point, Stam’s statements yesterday to WRAL’s Laura Leslie regarding the damning new report from the NARAL Pro Choice NC Foundation on the state’s motley collection of “crisis pregnancy centers” — centers that are funded in part with funds raised from the state’s new “choose life” license plates. 

As reported here yesterday, the report exposes in great detail how many of these centers mislead, proselytise and propagandize women desperate for accurate and medically-sound care and counseling.

But here’s good old Paul Stam saying the following in reponse:

“The money to be distributed comes from the extra money that the people pay for vanity plates, not state money.”

Say what? Money collected and distributed by the state of North Carolina at the direction of state law is not state money? Does this mean that lottery funds aren’t state money?

But Stam wasn’t done with his baloney shoveling. This is also from the WRAL story:

When asked about NARAL’s claims that some CPCs are “posing as medical facilities,” Stam replied, “I doubt there is any misrepresentation.”

Wait a minute. Non-medically trained people dressed up in white coats, acting like medically trained people, performing ultrasounds and giving medically inaccurate information to extremely vulnerable women is not a “misrepresentation”?   

Give us a break.

The bottom line: Obviously, it’s perfectly okay if Stam and his fellow theocrats want to preach their extreme view of fundamentalist religion. Indeed, it’s protected by the Constitution. But they do not have the right to proselytize and mislead via publicly-funds or trickery. The Centers should be denied any public money and regulated properly.

And Rep. Stam? Let’s hope that at some point, reporters and other people of importance to the political process grow weary of his blatant prevarications and relegate him back to the margins of the public debate where he belongs.


  1. david esmay

    October 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Once again, I cannot believe this j!#%k@$$ made it through college and law school. Chapel Hill must have raised their standards considerably since he passed through the doors. These guys will do or say anything, pander to anyone, in order to subvert and circumvent state and federal laws.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    October 26, 2011 at 6:31 am


    You are weak because you never, ever examine both side.

  3. Dave Burton

    October 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Thank you, Rob and David, for confirming our stereotypes about pro-abortion people.

    Rob, when people buy vanity plates, they do so with the express purpose of funding the charity that the plate supports (though the State also gets a cut of the extra money). Choose Life plates will help supplement the generosity of the volunteers and other donors who support the wonderful, life-saving work of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers. The same is not true of lottery tickets. People buy them for other reasons, they are not making buying them to make donations to the public schools and an out-of-state lottery management company. That’s why it is entirely reasonable to characterize the money that people spend to support charities via vanity plates as “not state money.”

    Paul Stam is one of the most kind, honest, wise and thoroughly decent people I’ve ever had the privilege to know. You could learn a lot from his example. (So could I.)

  4. Ricky

    October 31, 2011 at 11:22 am

    The issue with your particular argument, Dave, is that if people want to “expressly fund a charity” they can do it directly and not through a government agency. As it is now, it is state money no matter how many quotation marks you put around it. And because they receive state money, they should be held accountable for the things they do through some sort of oversight. One thing would be that they should disseminate accurate medical information, be a certified clinic if they choose to provide medical services and advice, and abide by HIPAA, etc.

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