Udall supporters keep Gardner reproductive rights hits rolling

Udall supporters keep Gardner reproductive rights hits rolling

Two new anti-Cory Gardner for Senate ads this week follow up on last week’s visit from Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards and an open letter from District Attorney Bruce Brown, who represents Colorado’s 5th Judicial District. Both decry Gardner’s record on reproduction. 

“Big Difference,” an ad paid for by the MoveOn.org and NARAL Pro-choice PACs, focuses on the Gardner campaign’s efforts to pivot from the congressman’s stance on personhood to his support for over-the-counter access to birth control.

The ad begins with a short clip of Gardner’s own spot that celebrates his over-the-counter proposal. He says it marks a major difference between his free-market approach to contraceptive access and Mark Udall’s support of the Affordable Care Act.

There is a big difference, the NARAL ad agrees, but argues that it’s not what the Gardner folks want you to think it is.

The ad underlines Gardner’s continued sponsorship of a federal personhood bill that “could outlaw some of the most effective and reliable forms of contraception,” according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Then it turns on the over-the-counter proposal.

“Gardner’s new plan could cost women $600 a year in out-of-pocket medical costs,” says a female narrator while two women cross their arms and frown.

“Crime,” the second anti-Gardner spot this week was paid for by The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. It hinges on a press blast from Team Udall last week that featured a District Attorney blasting a failed 2007 bill Gardner sponsored at the Colorado statehouse. The measure would have made providing an abortion a class-three felony, a crime that the DA points out can result in a longer sentence in Colorado than the average rapist receives.

The ad delivers this information interspersed with “citizen reaction shots” ranging from “Wow” and “That’s just nuts” to the full “Cory Gardner should not be interfering in women’s lives.”

[Cory Gardner still from “Big Difference” ad] 

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