Abortion rights group batters McCain in Colorado mailboxes

NARAL Pro-Choice America is delivering a mailer this week that draws a sharp contrast between Barack Obama and John McCain’s positions on women’s reproductive rights to voters identified as pro-abortion rights in Colorado and seven other battleground states.

The front side of a mailer NARAL is sending to Colorado voters.

The front side of a mailer NARAL is sending to Colorado voters.

“This is the first of four pieces of mail that NARAL Pro-Choice America is sending to persuadable pro-choice voters in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia,” a NARAL spokesperson told the Colorado Independent. “The piece dropped in Colorado today to approximately 64,000 households statewide.”

“When it comes to birth control and family planning,” the mailer charges, “John McCain just says NO,” listing a number of positions McCain has taken on birth control and abortion.

“Not having these pills could change the rest of her life,” the mailer says, accompanying a picture of a woman holding birth-control pills. “Having this pill could change his evening,” NARAL says with a picture of a middle-aged man holding a tiny blue pill — presumably Viagra.

The pairing references an uncomfortable exchange McCain had in July when a reporter asked whether he supported requiring health insurers to cover birth control when many cover Viagra. McCain sidestepped the question but did not dispute he voted against the requirement in 2003. “I’ve cast thousands of votes in the Senate,” McCain said.

The NARAL site compares Obama and McCain’s stands on family planning here.

Thanks to Politico’s Jonathan Martin for the mailer graphic.

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