Earlier this week, eleven members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a brief with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Hobby Lobby, the evangelical arts and crafts chain that has been suing for religious-liberty protection from the Obama administration’s abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate.
In response, Planned Parenthood has lashed out against McConnell, throwing the same old equal-pay nonsense at him and claiming he wants the employers of America to control women’s birth-control access. The Planned Parenthood voiceover announces: “With birth control, we all benefit.” Of course, we have no birth-control access problem in America and this is just a replay of a strategy that has unfortunately successfully managed to cloud a debate over narrowing of religious-liberty protection in America under this administration.
Missing, of course, from the ad is any discussion of religious liberty; in the brief, the lawmakers cling to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Bill Clinton signed into law.
In addition to McConnell, Dan Coats (Ind.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Mitch McConnell, Pat Roberts (Kan.), and Richard Shelby (Ala.) signed onto the brief as well as congressmen Lamar Smith (Tex.) and Frank Wolf (Va.), some of whom will be the subject of similar ads as well.