GOP Goes After Pro-Choice Women On Birth Control

Republicans continue to campaign hard on the issue of access to contraception and are trying to use the recent controversy with the Catholic church to suggest two pro-choice Democratic women are out of touch with their constituents.

In Wisconsin, the National Republican Senatorial Committee launched a radio ad targeting Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) calling the Affordable Care Act contraception rule the “Obama-Baldwin law.”

The ad plays like this: “First, they took over the banks, then they put government in charge of our health care,” says the female narrator. “Now, what are liberals Barack Obama and Tammy Baldwin focused on? Regulating the Catholic Church. Obama and Baldwin want to force the Catholic Church and Americans of faith to abandon tenets of their religion, mandating that the church pay for medical procedures and drugs that go against their beliefs.” “And if the church won’t comply?” the ad continues. “The Obama-Baldwin law punishes them, forcing them to pay fines and penalties just for doing what they believe is right. It’s a direct attack on religious freedom.”

In Missouri the state Republican Party is going after Sen. Claire McCaskill with an almost identical ad attacking the “Obama-McCaskill law.”

Republicans are desperately trying to wedge Catholics and contraception, despite the fact that most Americans, and most Catholics, side with the administration on its approach. The public was with the administration even before the Obama administration announced an accommodation that makes it possible for religious employers to opt out of providing insurance coverage for birth control while guaranteeing women’s fundamental right to be free from discrimination in the delivery of health care services.

If these ads are any indication, a woman’s right to access safe, affordable health care is going to remain a central issue in the 2012 election making it clear that for the right this battle was never about religious freedom and always about restricting women’s rights.

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Ardith Arrington
Ardith Arrington6 years ago

If organized religions can't get out of politics, take away their tax-exempt status! They are nothing more than big businesses that aren't taxed, trying to control their herd and everyone else! There should be a complete seperation of church and state....never being mixed for any reason.

Janice M.
Janice Ma6 years ago

I wish the Catholic Church WERE being persecuted. This world needs less religion and more compassion, love and caring.

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

The Church would like to get things back to the old mediaeval days when they were an alternate government to the monarchy with their own laws and they could maintain power by burning any dissenters {heretics} alive. And why not ? After all, they are the unquestioned moral authority teaching innocent children the difference between right and wrong. Doesn’t everyone know that by now ?

Chad A.
Chad Anderson6 years ago

The Catholic Church getting to regulate the moral choices of a large number of Catholics and non-Catholics through its businesses has somehow become an issue of the church being persecuted? If they do not get everything they want from the state, they are being persecuted?

P B.
P B6 years ago

The Roman Catholic Church needs to decide, once and for all, whether it's a business or a church. Anyone who takes this silly propaganda campaign seriously and believes that the government has taken over the banks and healthcare, and now is sharpening it's knives to take over the Roman Catholic Church is ill-informed at best, or simply wants to demonize Barack Obama with any means available at worst.

Some churches simply cannot stop interfering in politics and governance, yet cry foul when government attempts to seek compliance by churches. In the case of healthcare, this particular quibble wasn't directed at the Catholic Church, simply at employers. As an employer an entity is secular, by definition. As a secular entity, it must comply with laws just like all of the other secular entities. If the Catholic Church (or any other) chooses to employ people outside of it's church building in businesses that are not churches, then they need to play by the rules. Requiring group employee health insurers to cover reproductive health services isn't the government trying to take over the Catholic Church. For many many years OB/GYN visits weren't covered by insurers, and birth control pills weren't covered by prescription plans. Congress has now passed law requiring health insurers to do so; most health insurance is part of employee benefit programs.

In no way does this requirement force anyone into doing anything that's against their personal religious beliefs. As far

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke6 years ago

Women's issues are not a minor problem, its major! Its an economical major problem - more babies born, more people on welfare, more money coming from who knows where. Will we have to borrow from China - again, to cover our debts - again? Birth Control is a Major Issue. Lets not let the Conservatives and their dumb attacks take hold. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

Den S.
Dennis Sweitzer6 years ago

The longer the Republicans bleat on this "minor issue", the better for Obama. Neither party can win without moderates & independents, and most of them agree with Obama on this (although at some point, he needs to stop trying to compromise on the issue and take a stand with the moderates & independents).
Not to mention, the more they attack, the more outlandish statements they make which can be rebroadcast 24/7 during election season!

Robby C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Tamara H- "This is such a minor issue in the bigger picture of who we should elect to run our country. I'm not discounting it, but it occupies way too much space on this site. Talk about something else for a while, please."

I completely agree.

Angela M.
Angela M.6 years ago

Why are Republicans and their supporters so afraid of women being allowed to make informed decisions about their health and their reproductive choices? They cannot really believe that women are incapable of making these decisions rationally so what exactly is the threat they believe informed and empowered women present? How can they justify asking for women's votes when they display such contempt for women's concerns?

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

There is only one conclusion to complude. The GOP women have been completely, brain-washed, by their men (husbands) and have no opionions of their own.

FEMINIST - For whose who do not know the definition of a feminst. It is: the movement for political, economical and social equlity.
Holy mackerl! That means that many conservative women are feminists, but are 'unwilling' to admit it. That is bad enough, but they have no idea, what power they have. They have no idea that a truly, stong man, wants a strong woman, and a weak man, wants a weak woman.