Democratic U.S. Senate nominee U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s first Spanish radio ad is about Planned Parenthood and woman’s choice for abortion, attacking his opponent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for opposing both.

Murphy, of Palm Beach Gardens, attempts to link Rubio and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, as the ad accuses them both of wanting to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood, putting at risk a variety of non-controversial women’s health services the organization provides. But at the same time, the ad is not shy about addressing abortion directly.

“Marco Rubio has consistently opposed basic rights for Florida women and this new ad makes that clear,” Murphy campaign spokesman Freddy Balsera stated in a news release issued by the campaign. “Rubio wants to defund Planned Parenthood and take away a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape or incest. He stands with Donald Trump.”

In the minute-long commercial Protegerá [protect], a woman narrator decries, in Spanish, the positions taken by Rubio and Trump, interspersed with English statements by Rubio and Trump illustrating their positions.

A Rubio campaign spokeswoman said the ad distorts Rubio’s record, but did not specify how.

“Patrick Murphy is distorting Marco’s record like he distorted his own resume. Not only does Murphy support using taxpayer money to fund abortions, he also supports late-term abortions. Murphy’s extreme positions on abortion put him out of touch with the vast majority of Floridians,”  Olivia Perez-Cubas stated.

In the ad, the narrator declares, “Thousands of Florida women rely on Planned Parenthood for critical health services, like cancer screenings. But Donald Trump and Marco Rubio want to defund Planned Parenthood — putting women’s health at risk.”

“Planned Parenthood should absolutely be defunded,” Trump says.

“I’m gonna vote to defund it,” Rubio says.

“Worse, Rubio said he would take away a woman’s right to choose for victims of rape or incest,” the narrator adds. “And while Florida struggles with the Zika virus … Rubio would even take away the right to choose her medical services for infected women. Patrick Murphy will protect women’s health. That’s why President Barack Obama and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorse Murphy for Senate.”

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