Planned Parenthood Ad Takes Aim At Sen. McConnell

Feb 25, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Planned Parenthood is targeting U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in a TV ad released on Friday. The advertisement criticizes the senate minority leader on a number of fronts.

"... he wants to let bosses deny women birth control coverage even while men get their Viagra covered," the ad says.

The ad highlights McConnell’s support for a lawsuit filed by Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain challenging a birth control policy in President Obama’s health reform law. The suit claims requiring the business to cover birth control in its employee benefits plans violates the company’s religious freedom.

The ad also says McConnell, “voted to let companies pay women less than men for the same work,” a reference to his opposition to the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2012, and that his stance on benefits could cost Kentucky families up to $600 more every year.

A representative for McConnell has responded by saying the senator is dedicated to protecting the First Amendments rights and religious freedom of all Kentuckians.