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SCOTUS on the Campaign Trail: Dems Want Hobby Lobby to Swing Critical Senate Race

Republican running in Michigan slow to comment on the ruling, and her opponent pounces. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Rod Kackley

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July 1, 2014 - 3:17 pm
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) attacked both the Hobby Lobby U.S. Supreme Court decision and Republican Terri Lynn Land over the 5-4 vote that came down in favor of closely held businesses being able to decide whether they would offer contraceptive coverage to their employees under the Affordable Care Act.

The Michigan Democratic Party took the opportunity to again blast Land, issuing several press releases July 1 attacking Land for what the state party described as her “radical agenda” on birth control and her initial silence on the Hobby Lobby ruling.

“I support access to birth control, but closely held companies should not be forced by the government to take actions that violate their religious beliefs,” Land said in a statement late Tuesday after Democrats began their onslaught.

Land’s campaign spokeswoman Heather Swift told the Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine May 29 that Land “does not support legislation that would ban access to birth control like the pill or IUD.”

Yet Swift declined to say whether Land would deny access to emergency contraception commonly known as “morning-after pills.”

Peters and Land, Michigan’s most recent former secretary of state, are locked in what is seen by Democrats and Republicans as one of the six key U.S. Senate races in the 2014 midterm elections.

Democrats want to hold on to the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.). Republicans want to win back the seat they have not held since Spencer Abraham was defeated by Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat who has served in the Senate since 2000.

The Peters campaign said June 30 the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case amounts to discrimination against women and Peters believes that women should be making their healthcare decisions with their doctors without interference from their employers.

Peters for Michigan also attacked Land for supporting two proposals to amend the Constitution to define personhood, what he said would limit access to contraception and outlaw abortion without exception for rape, incest, or life of the mother.

Peters promised that he would continue to fight “extreme efforts to discriminate unfairly against Michigan women” by limiting access to contraception.

If the Hobby Lobby ruling turns out to be as important to women voters as the Democrats predict (and hope), it could be more than problematic in this race.

Peters has led Land in the last six polls, including the most recent from the Democrat-leaning firm Public Policy Polling that was released July 1.

The PPP poll of Michigan voters shows Peters is still a relative unknown outside of Metro Detroit. Forty-six percent of voters do not have an opinion on him. Despite this, Peters leads Land by 5 points at 41 percent to 36 percent.

Most importantly, the PPP poll shows 42 percent of women already view her unfavorably and 31 percent favorably, while Peters rings up a 28 percent favorable rating and 22 percent unfavorable rating among women.

This is not the first time Land has been caught on the horns of the contraceptive debate in Michigan.

Land recently accepted the endorsement of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that supports requiring women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds before having an abortion. The group also rallied to Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s defense in 2012 when he said that pregnancy from rape was “something that God intended.”

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My employer didn't provide me food today. In doing so they have banned access to food. I may starve. #stopthematriarchy #yesallbacon #bringbackourgrills
21 weeks ago
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There is nothing a Senator can do, one way or another, on this matter. SCOTUS has issued its ruling, based upon a law that passed with 97 votes 21 years ago in a Democrat-controlled Senate and signed by a Democrat President ... a law that provides statutory protection based upon all Americans' first amendment rights to freedom of faith.

The only thing that changed since then is ObamaCare and its implementing regulations that clearly and obviously violated RFRA and the first amendment.

Try as hard as they may, the Dems are not going to convince most women who aren't already dedicated "Julia" style leftbot government dependents that they've actually lost anything with the Hobby Lobby decision. And Terry Land, just like every other single GOP Senator and Congressman in the land has made it clear she and they want ObamaCare repealed and replaced with a patient centered set of insurance regulations that allow and preserve individual control of ALL health care decisions for ALL Americans, both male and female and whatever trans sex we may be.

The Dems want there to be a war BETWEEN women and men to be the least screwed over by ObamaCare. The GOP wants ObamaCare gone, period.
21 weeks ago
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" Now that employers aren’t required to cover contraception, …" This is a lie. The Hobby Lobby decision allowed the company not to provide 4 types of medications and devices that its owners believe cause abortions; it still provides its female employees with 16 other choices of birth control. There is nothing in the Hobby Lobby ruling that will allow employers covered by ObamaCare not to provide contraception. Further, even the types of birth control that Hobby Lobby does not provide for free (e.g., the "Plan B" pill) can be purchased by its employees at any pharmacy.

Trying to paint conservatives as anti-contraception is nothing less than a lie, and should be branded as a lie at every opportunity. Of course, if the Dems succeed in winning elections by use of lies, it won't be the first time. ("If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.")
21 weeks ago
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The other key point is that this ruling only applies to closely-held corporations. As I understand it, those are corporations owned by a very small number of people. I'm not sure if they have to be related by blood or marriage but, in any case, this is clearly not going to apply to the likes of IBM, GM, or thousands of other corporations, which are very widely held by thousands of different owners/shareholders.
21 weeks ago
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As much as I don't want to pay for other women's meds, reproductive or otherwise...Isn't it a GOOD THING that Lib's don't want to reproduce? Perhaps we will live to see them die off!!
21 weeks ago
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I don't want to pay for: 1) The Walmart junk food junkie's insulin because they are too stupid, childish & undisciplined to eat REAL FOOD & GUARANTEEING they wreck their pancreas. 2) The "Players" Viagra. 3) Women's B.C. Pills, morning after pills or abortions. HOWEVER, with O'Care , I am paying for ALL of the above!!
21 weeks ago
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did you know that you have all the couth of a fart in church.

"The Walmart junk food junkie's insulin because they are too stupid, childish & undisciplined to eat REAL FOOD & GUARANTEEING they wreck their pancreas."
What about the people for whom Diabetes is Hereditary? You are aware that they outnumber the dietary condition are you not?
21 weeks ago
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I'd answer by saying:
"It looks like the democrats really don't think very highly of the average American woman. They seem to believe that women are slaves to their libido and all they want to do is have sex. They think that women want sex so much that 16 choices of employer paid contraceptives isn't enough to satisfy their desires. It's like they just don't have any respect at all for women."

Then I'd follow that up with a platform of women's issues that I would support as a candidate. With some creative writers, I'm sure you could create multiple versions of that basic theme and hit them with it over and over.
21 weeks ago
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How many times are your eggs being fertilized in unprotected sex that the free 16 contraceptives aren't enough for you?

Is this such a common occurrence that you can't spend $5 out of your pocket? If so, you have larger issues than the Hobby Lobby case can solve. And you are clearly a lifelong Democratic voter.

We will never win over anyone who fits this description. It's a waste of campaign energy to try.
21 weeks ago
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“does not support legislation that would ban access to birth control like the pill or IUD.”

If you are defending, you are losing. She should not let the Dems define this. She should call them stupid. "Hey, dummies, this is not about banning contraception. The decision was only about whether this kind of closely-held company has to pay for your morning-after pill. Is it really gonna kill women to pay for their own pill? Is it really gonna kill Democrats to have an intelligent discussion on a Supreme Court ruling, instead of flying into hysterics? Geez."
21 weeks ago
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Yup - go on the offensive .. repeal ObamaCare so that the Federal government bureaucrats have NO control over your health care or your employer. Make it clear that everybody must have control over their own healthcare, not a faceless Lois Lerner style fascist pig lawless bureaucrat.
21 weeks ago
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We have had "access" to "the pill" since it hit the market. It's not about "access" it's about "freebies"...gimme, gimme, gimme!!!!
21 weeks ago
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Terri Lynn, like most of our Republican candidates are allowing the Dems to define them. This is stupid. Women are not denied contraceptives. Only 4 of a list of 20 contraceptives are optional to a private company like Hobby Lobby. Women still get the other 16 paid for by others. If they want the other 4, they can buy them themselves. There is no War on Women in the US. There is a War on Women in Africa and the Middle East, all supported by Obama and the Dems. Terri Lynn should start attacking the Dems with this.
21 weeks ago
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Seriously, were fighting over whether or not businesses should pay for their employees contraceptive? We have Russia and China flexing its muscles, the middle east in flames, the President and his minions have us in multiple scandals and them dems keep us focused on the war on women. I think the msm needs to have its head examined.

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