Skip to comments.Dems put court in their '14 cross hairs after contraception ruling
Posted on 07/01/2014 2:59:02 AM PDT by Libloather
Democrats are putting the Supreme Court in their cross hairs, using its decision against ObamaCares contraception mandate to rally their base ahead of the midterm elections.
Within hours of the high courts decision that closely held companies cannot be compelled to offer contraception coverage as part of their employee health plans, Democrats were trying to raise cash and rally voters to their side.
Strategists said the issue of womens reproductive health could play well in elections across the country, helping the party in contests that could largely be won and lost on turnout.
It could play in almost all of the key Senate races, Democratic pollster Celinda Lake told the Hill.
Democrats particularly think it will help them bring out young unmarried women and minority voters who normally sit out midterm elections as they try to hold onto the Senate and cut into the GOPs House advantage.
It'll be useful in terms of get-out-the-vote for unmarried women under 55 and also for younger women and women of color who have plummeting turnout rates in midterms, Lake said.
Republicans also sought to use the ruling to rally their base, labeling it a major win for religious freedom and a triumph over President Obama.
This reignites the base. It chips away at ObamaCare, and if there exists the idea with Republicans that ObamaCare can be repealed that will ignite the base, get them excited again, said GOP pollster Chris Wilson, who has polled on the issue for the conservative Family Research Council.
Democrats jumped on the ruling, pointing out that most women have used birth control in their lives and framing the decision as allowing employers to determine female employees health choices.
Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and John Walsh (D-Mont.) and Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) have all previously made an issue out of their opponents views on abortion or other related issues like support for a personhood amendment.
Bosses should not be able to prevent access to family planning and birth control for Alaska women, Begich said in a statement, while his campaign manager attacked his Republican opponents for supporting this gross violation of privacy and accusing them of having an anti-family, anti-woman agenda.
Gary is very concerned that todays decision will turn back the clock on Michigan women who should be in charge of their health care decisions, Peters campaign spokeswoman Haley Morris said. Michigan women cannot trust Terri Lynn Land when she supports partisan proposals that would restrict access to contraception and outlaw abortion without exception.
Polling shows a mixed picture on whether voters agree with the court that employers should be able to opt out of offering contraceptive coverage if they have a religious objection.
Surveys have varied widely on the issue, with numbers swinging dramatically depending on how the question is worded. Majorities seem to approve of the mandate itself, but those numbers drop when people are asked about an exemption because of religious liberty. Those differing numbers indicate most voters arent closely attuned to the issue but that doesnt mean it cant appeal to key demographics.
Democrats see the fight as one that can motivate voters without alienating independents even in most red states.
The response from Udalls opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), reflected the danger the issue poses for GOP candidates. Gardner has been fighting hard to shed his previous support for a personhood amendment that many experts believe could ban some common forms of birth control.
The Court made the right decision today to protect religious liberty and the First Amendment, Gardner said in a statement. "The Food and Drug Administration now needs to move quickly to make oral contraceptives available to adults without a prescription. This easy step will make oral contraceptives both accessible and affordable for every woman who wants them. Its common sense and its the right thing to do.
Republicans argue the issue cuts both ways, especially in more religious Southern states.
Its a double-edged sword. It also has the possibility of driving up low-propensity voters on the religious liberty side, said Wilson. This matters most in states with high evangelical or Catholic populations. The Supreme Court just lent credibility that Obama is overreaching on religious liberty.
While the national party was blasting the decision, Democrats in some of those red-leaning states were noticeably less vocal.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) remained mum. Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn (D) said she disagreed with the decision but didnt use it to attack her opponents.
Meanwhile, Pryor used the ruling to attack his opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), for opposing ObamaCares protections for women more broadly. Cotton was one of the few Senate Republican candidates to come out blasting on the ruling.
Democratic strategists believe the ruling could help reignite their argument that Republicans are waging a war on women on both economic and healthcare issues.
One of the things we were seeing with the war on women is people were getting a bit numb to it, and this shows it's really happening, it makes it really current, and it's a bright line, people can readily understand whether your insurance is covering contraception or not is a clear issue, and the war on women had shifted from healthcare to economic issues, and this hobby lobby case brackets both, said Lake.
Thats not to mention the cash Democrats will pull in thanks to the reaction to the polarizing decision. On Monday, their well-honed targeting machine was already in motion, hoping to raise small-donor donations on the final day of the second fundraising quarter.
Friend its outrageous, began one Monday email pitch from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Just hours ago, the Supreme Court handed corporations the power to deny women birth control coverage. Its a sad day for America.
Leftist Speak Translator:
“reproductive health” = taxpayer subsidized genocide of unborn babies
“Dems put court in their ‘14 cross hairs after contraception ruling”
Damn, they figured it out. They’re finally going to use the Supreme Court to try to rally voters. Next thing you know, they’ll appeal to minorities for votes.../s
What kind of freaking moron falls for this hyperbolic crap? What does a month supply of pills cost these days? I've heard about $15.
Hell, I want free internet service and I want somebody else to pay for it. If you don't agree to do so, then you are denying me a right to information, a right to do on-line shopping and a right to pay my bills on-line, among other things.
I’ve got an actual right to a firearm enshrined in the constitution. Why the hell aren’t employers required to buy me one?
Cross hairs? Hey libtards, aren’t you encouraging violence against the Supreme Court justices?
Leftist Speak Translator:
reproductive health = taxpayer subsidized genocide of unborn babies
Exactly. But I can see from some of the other comments here that even some Freepers don’t understand that the Court decision only applies to pills that destroy the fertilized egg. It does not apply to birth control pills or devices that prevent fertilization. The Left (like in this article) are lying about the decision — and the majority of people it looks like are buying the lie.
Given recent compelling evidence of NSA, IRS and EPA intrusions against privacy, it’s not much of a stretch to suggest one or more of the seated judges will either have a sudden family or health emergency which will require their unexpected retirement.
And the GOP can get on board with the criticism, insisting Obamacare is unconstitutional in the first place.
Well, it seems the Ministry of Truth has won.
The fight is not about contraceptives, it is about abortifacients!
So, they are not saying that businesses don't have to pay for the pill (which in some rare cases is needed medically and not just to prevent pregnancy), they are saying that they don't have to pay for the termination of a fertilized embryo (RU 286).
Do not let them change the arguement on us.
Don't let the left promulgate this lie - you know they will for the low-intelligence voters.
Keep speaking the truth vekzen!
Translation, according to LSM stylebook; Dems plot to assassinate Supreme Court. (After all, the LSM accused Sarah Palin of causing the Gifford assassination attempt, so turnabout is fair.)
With recent decisions by the court going against the Obama Administration, look for stories to begin appearing in the mainstream media with titles like: “Is The Supreme Court Still Relevant?”, “Should There Be Term Limits For Supreme Court Justices?”, “Is it Time To Abolish The Supreme Court?”, etc., etc.
translation: They’re gonna use this to scare stupid Liberals into writing them big checks.
More than 50% of the American people do. With an educational system that has replaced logic and morality with incessant PC propagandizing, it would be surprising if they did not fall for it.
HEY LIBERALS, birth control is NOT being denied. Who pays for it is the problem. I don’t want to pay for yours. Where did you get the idea that I should?? Pay for your own and shut up!
So the Democrats are going to attack the Supreme Court for a decision with which most neutral observers don’t have an issue. The Republicans are going to go after the IRS for its abusive practices. That is political calculus I like.