Lena Dunham Warns Women GOP Could Affect Your Sex Life
Women have been warned in a Planned Parenthood Action Fund email that Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and three other GOPs could “affect their sex lives.”
The warning came from Lena Dunham, the creator and start of the HBO series Girls. In the email Dunham urged women to remember Thom Tillis, who's challenging Sen. Kay Hagan (D) in North Carolina, “stuck a bunch of abortion restrictions into a bill that was supposed to be about motorcycle safety.”
She also wrote that Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa running for the Senate who made hog castration (cutting pork) the focus of her first advertising campaign, “has tried to block women from getting…what they need at Planned Parenthood health clinics.”
Dunham wrote that Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is running for the seat of Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), “is all about letting your boss tell you what kind of birth control your insurance should cover.”
But the worst, as far as Dunham sees it, is Sullivan of Alaska, “who just outright refuses to reveal whether he supports the Violence Against Women Act.”
Planned Parenthood is wrapping itself around Dunham’s email, telling women to vote like their sex lives depended on it.
The organization included a quote from Dunham in another of its recent emailings: “I vote because the number of backwards, out-of-touch, downright freaking unbelievably anti-women’s health politicians out there right now makes my blood boil. The crazy and depressing truth is that there are people running for office right now who could actually affect your life. PARTICULARLY your sex life. PARTICULARLY if you’re a woman.”
Sullivan is no stranger to the wrath of women’s rights advocates.
Immediately after Sullivan won the August primary over Mead Treadwell, Planned Parenthood Action Fund spent $65,000 in television, Internet and social media advertising in Alaska attacking his position on abortion.
"The road to an anti-abortion Senate runs through Alaska — and with the support of our volunteers, supporters, and donors, Planned Parenthood Action Fund will not let Dan Sullivan drive us down that road," Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement.
One series of ads reads: “Dan Sullivan would let the government control what you do with your body.” A second reads: “Dan Sullivan can’t be trusted. He refuses to say if he supports the Violence Against Women Act.” A third said: “Dan Sullivan supports banning nearly all abortions for Alaska women.”
“We are wasting no time in reaching out to Alaska women. That’s why we’ve launched our biggest digital ad campaign so far this year to ensure voters know exactly where Dan Sullivan stands on issues important to women’s health and rights,” Laguens added.
It was the largest ad buy the organization made until six-figure campaigns were launched in September against Ernst and Gardner.
The anti-Sullivan ads appeared on social media and several statewide news sites, including the Juneau Empire, Alaska Dispatch, and Anchorage Dispatch News, among other local outlets.
Sullivan’s opponent, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), has tried to use Sullivan’s antiabortion stance to his advantage.