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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Before the Supreme Court ruling, Democrats put up billboards hitting GOP on abortion rights

While Washington is preparing for what is expected to be a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sharply restricts women’s reproductive rights, House Democrats are trying to put the issue first on the campaign track.

Their weapon of choice? Roadside billboards are intended to remind motorists of individual Republican candidates’ views on abortion.

“Republicans have made their extremist crusade against abortion crystal clear and to their own dismay, an overwhelming majority of Americans strongly agree with them,” said Helen Kalla, a spokeswoman for the Democratic congressional campaign committee, the House Democrats’ campaign arm.

The timing is favorable in that the Supreme Court is expected to formally adjudicate the judgment in Dobbs v. Almost any day. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a concept from which Politico was acquired weeks ago. The decision as drafted will largely have the legal basis for abortion, leading to it being severely restricted or completely banned in about half of the states.

While Republicans have been campaigning for decades to defeat the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade’s decision to legalize abortion in 1973 has taken them a much quieter course since the release of the draft shows they are on the verge of a major victory.

Capitol Hill Republicans prefers to move the conversation away from the implications of the decision shortly after the leak. Donald Trump, a two-time divorcee who made court after evangelical support by successfully promising to appoint pro-life judges of the Supreme Court, did not particularly suggest victory in his recent speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

The DCCC ad campaign, described as a “five-figure buy” for nine billboards, will target 13 Republican candidates in North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and California.

“Unfortunately for these swing district GOP candidates, until November we will relentlessly remind voters of Republicans’ exceptional views,” Kalla said.

The Republican candidates targeted by the campaign include Bo Hines in North Carolina; Mark Robertson, Sam Peters and April Becker in Nevada; Madison Gesiotto Gilbert and Rep. Steve Chabot in Ohio; Alek Skarlatos, Lori Chavez-Deremer and Mike Erickson in Oregon; and Lisa Scheller and Jeremy Shaffer in Pennsylvania; and Rep. Mike Garcia in California.

And while it’s not in a competitive district, the other Republican being targeted is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California).

While other billboard mock-ups seen by HuffPost either include a photo of a woman in shock or the faces of the candidates and words accusing Republicans of wanting to “ban abortion” or “roll back women’s rights” “, says McCarthy’s as Republicans win,” reproductive freedom is over “and includes a photo of McCarthy with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), a Republican Party firefighter removed to serve on House committees.

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