The White House has quickly converted the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision into a campaign-trail wedge issue, by calling on Congress to continue providing abortion-related drugs to a small number of women who work for Catholic employers.
Because of the court’s decision, women “no longer have access to free contraception coverage… simply because of the religious views held by their bosses,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
“That’s the problem we want Congress to fix,” he said, effectively setting the stage for Democrats to blame GOP legislators in the run-up to the November election. That pitch is likely aimed at Democratic-leaning young unmarried women, who are less likely to vote in midyear elections.
Earnest underlined the campaign theme by repeatedly describing women as helpless victims of their “bosses.”
In practice, the decision does not hinder the relatively few women effected by this narrow decision from buying contraception services or abortion services on the free market.
Earnest declined to estimate how many women lose access to abortion-related services by the decision.