Pro-choice group thanks Obama in new ads
February 13th, 2012
09:09 AM ET
11 years ago

Pro-choice group thanks Obama in new ads

(CNN) – NARAL Pro-Choice America will air radio ads for the next week in support of the Obama administration's policy toward coverage for female contraception.

The spot, which thanks President Barack Obama for guaranteeing insurance coverage for birth control, will air in Denver, Colorado, Orlando, Florida, Northern Virginia and Madison, Wisconsin, according to the group.

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The approximately $250,000 radio buy and $45,000 online campaign includes an ad that plays a mock scenario of a woman picking up a prescription. She is greeted by the pharmacist saying "there's no charge; this is covered without a co-pay now."

NARAL lobbies and organizes on behalf of reproductive rights and in opposition to restrictions on abortions.

Under the new plan announced Friday by Obama, religiously affiliated universities and hospitals will not be forced to offer contraception coverage to their employees. Insurers will be required, however, to offer complete coverage free of charge to any women who work at such institutions. Women who work at churches, though, will have no guarantee of such contraception coverage - a continuation of current law.

News of the compromise came after days of escalating partisan and ideological rhetoric over the divisive issue. The White House originally wanted to require hospitals and schools with religious ties to offer full contraception coverage. Many Catholic leaders and other religious groups strongly oppose any requirement for contraception coverage on theological grounds.

Liberal groups have pushed for an expansive contraception coverage requirement on grounds of gender equality in health care. Conservatives generally consider it a violation of the First Amendment and an infringement on religious liberty.

The radio ad released Monday said Obama is "making sure women of all faiths, no matter where they work can get contraceptive coverage," while members of Congress are attempting to make attaining birth control more difficult.

"Call Congress … and tell them to stand with President Obama, not between a woman and her birth control," the narrator said.

The campaign, first reported by POLITICO, comes on the same day as conservative leaders released coordinated statements attacking Obama on the policy and on the heels of criticism from Republican presidential candidates and members of Congress, among others.

- CNN Wire Staff and CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Puddin

    The Repubs jumped on this one as something else to beat on President Obama about. What hypocrites! I wish medicine would advance to the point when a man (preferably one of those "moral" Catholic ones) can give birth. I'll bet they would appreciate their insurance company providing them contraceptives then.. I guess when this planet is so over-populated, some of Newt's followers can move with him to the Moon Colony. Just a thought.

    February 13, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    No one is forcing members of conservative religious churches to use contraceptives. Not surprising that a majority of their membership either support or use contraceptives.

    February 13, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. westward

    Obama only solidified the female vote in all this (over 50% of registered voters). The GOP only succeeded in angering women.

    February 13, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    As usual, the anti-sex phony "christian" taliban that forms the radical rightwing of the GOBP deathcult are on the wrong side of history and American voters. We've come to expect this as we see the "emperor" is wearing no clothes.

    February 13, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Bravo

    Thanks you too NARAL Pro-choice America for taking such a move. It is good to remind all women that there is a person (the President) fighting for them.

    February 13, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Thomas

    One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed in it. They have also believed the world was flat.
    - Mark Twain, Notebook

    February 13, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Pumping out Babies like Pumping Gas

    Just because you are pro something doesn't mean the government should be spending money or forcing anyone to spend money on it...

    February 13, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. WireweirdinSF

    They should thank him and just think, it is "free." Just us hard working American taxpayers have to pay for it, just like the "free" phones, the "free" scooters for fat people, the "free" lunches, the "free" medical care, the "free" ecucation, the "free" retirement plans for government employees, the "free" housing, the "free" internet access, the "free auto bailouts, the "free" grants to "green" energy companies, The 52% of us who actually work and pay taxes are tired of financing the corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toadiy's reelection schemes.

    February 13, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. MaryM

    Yes, Thank you President Obama for looking out for the women of America. I am sure there will be a few women or men posing as women objecting. but NOT many women. Again, Thank you President Obama

    February 13, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. JoeP

    Denying health care coverage, of any kind, to someone based on the employer's religous beliefs, is discrimination.

    February 13, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is not about religion. People have some mistaken impression that it is. These organizations aren't churches. They are universities and hospitals that don't have a PRIMARILY RELIGIOUS OBJECTIVE. How often has someone gone to a church for heart surgery? How often does someone go to a church to learn about Indian history and the Hindu influence on it? This shouldn't have been a big deal and the Roman Catholic church (which has no women in leadership) makes it one because they haven't been brought into the modern age.

    February 13, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. fernace

    Denying a woman contraception coverage is not a "religious" right! It in fact has nothing to do w/religion & everything to do w/healthcare! This is yet another attempt by the conservative, "christian" right to control what women can/can't do w/our bodies! When will womens healthcare be equal to that of a mans? When will men stop trying to micromanage our rights to coverage of all our medications, not just those they deem appropriate? And for all womens sakes, stop hiding behind religion to further this un-inclusive agenda! It's transparent & disingenious!!

    February 13, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. gt

    just a nice thank you would do.... your group still believes in late term just say thanks and go away

    February 13, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. SafeJourney

    Thank you Mr President.

    February 13, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Joel

    The legislation of morals based on a 2,00 year old myth is an egregious violation of American civil rights. If a women wants to use contraceptives, then that is her choice. It is not up to any individual or group to impose their religous "values" on anyone but themselves. This country was not founded on Christian values, it was founded on freedom from religous persecution. Regardless of what the revisionist historians now wish to say, this is a secular country.

    February 13, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. MaryM

    Thank you President Obama

    February 13, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Lizzie

    When was the last time women where denied birth control????? Now it's the question of PAY or FREE.

    February 13, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. usagoblue

    Thats my President! Go Obama/Biden 2012!!

    February 13, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |