LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In a pushback to the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, a national abortion rights group is launching an attack ad against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for "never doing the right thing for Kentucky women."
A NARAL Pro-Choice America spokeswoman says the group it is "a mid-range five figure ad buy for cable and another mid-range five figure ad buy online in the Lexington and Louisville markets."
The ad uses video shot by the McConnell campaign and released on its YouTube channel earlier this year.
McConnell expressed support for the Supreme Court’s controversial Hobby Lobby ruling that closely held for-profit companies cannot be forced to provide contraceptive coverage in company health plans if it violates a sincerely held religious belief.
A bill introduced last week by Democratic Senators Patty Murray and Mark Udal aims to reverse the ruling and mandates that employers cannot deny coverage for contraception or other health services that are guaranteed under federal law, such as Obamacare.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said the Supreme Court "got it wrong" in the Hobby Lobby case.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said he intends to bring the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act to a vote soon, and that those who vote against it run the risk of being “treated unfavorably come November with the elections.”
"Mitch McConnell and other anti-choice politicians in Washington want to play doctor and determine who can have access to birth control and when," said Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. "We, like the majority of Americans, know this kind of thinking is dead wrong. Whether it is equal pay or access to birth control, Mitch McConnell has gone out of his way time and again to deny the women of Kentucky their fundamental rights. It is shameful and wrong that the Minority Leader in the U.S. Senate now wants to add corporate bosses to the list of people he thinks belong in a woman's health care decisions."
McConnell stressed religious freedoms in his support of the Hobby Lobby decision.
"Obamacare is the single worst piece of legislation to pass in the last 50 years, and I was glad to see the Supreme Court agree that this particular Obamacare mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA),” McConnell said on June 30.