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.