Dear MoveOn member,For three solid days I was angry about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. It's just so wrong, and so disrespectful to women.
But this morning I woke up with a different idea. It's time to stop being mad. It's time to get even.
Because the one good thing about this decision is that it shows for all the world that the Republican Party is flat-out, 100% against access to birth control. And that's political suicide.
Consider this: 99% of women use contraception at some point in their lives.1 Ninety-nine percent. Opposing birth control isn't a fringe view. It's the farthest fraying edge of the fringe.
So between now and November, we need to hold Republicans accountable by making sure that every female voter in every key state knows the Republican Party position on birth control. If they want to support legislation to overturn Hobby Lobby, great. But if not, we'll make sure it costs them their seats in Congress. Will you chip in $3 to help make it happen?
Remember 2012? Republicans lost the women's vote by 12 points while talking about "legitimate rape"—the biggest gender gap in history.2
They thought they could fix it by coaching politicians on "messaging to women."3 But here's what the Republicans haven't learned: It's not just what they say—it's their policies.
And no Republican position is more out of the mainstream than their opposition to access to contraception.
Republicans are on the verge of taking control of the Senate, and if they do, then they'll have the power to block any Supreme Court nomination President Obama puts forward—locking in terrible decisions like Hobby Lobby for a generation or more.
But with your help, we can hang this decision like an albatross around the necks of Republican candidates all over the country. We'll show up at public events and challenge candidates directly. We'll run ads online. And any Republican who doesn't support legislation to overturn Hobby Lobby will have to answer to voters.
I'm tired of being mad. Let's fix this.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Alejandro, Justin, Rosy, and the rest of the team
1. "Contraceptive Use in the United States," Guttmacher Institute, June 2014
2. "Gender Gap in 2012 Vote Is Largest in Gallup's History," Gallup, November 9, 20123. "GOP men tutored in running against women," Politico, December 5, 2013
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