Connecticut’s Lamont Quickly Airs TV Ad on Abortion, a Topic the GOP Hopes to Dim – Hartford Courant

Governor Ned Lamont’s re-election campaign looked Monday at the post-Roe v. Wade with a 30-second televised message to women highlighting the Democratic governor’s wholehearted support for abortion rights.

“It’s not a political choice, it’s your choice,” Lamont said to a camera. “Women deserve the right to make their own decisions about their health care and when to start a family. That is why we have enacted the strongest protections for women’s right to choose in the country.

The 30-second commercial is an early, if relatively low-key, effort to draw a stark contrast between Lamont and his Republican opponent, Bob Stefanowski, on reproductive rights and the new law making Connecticut a “safe harbor” for providers. of abortion and patients .

Stefanowski and his refusal to say whether he would have signed the new law are not mentioned, as are details of the measure Connecticut passed in response to a Texas law allowing citizens to sue anyone involved in abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy.

The new law, among other things, restricts how plaintiffs could access health records in these so-called “bonus” civil cases, and it would give targets a legal right in Connecticut to recover court costs.

Titled “Never Back Down,” the ad includes footage of Lamont’s signing the law ceremony in front of the state Capitol. It ends with him looking at the camera and saying, “I’ve never backed down when it comes to choices, and I never will.”

It was only the opening salvo for Lamont, who enjoyed a 24 percentage point lead among women in a Quinnipiac University poll last month, to emerge as the strongest advocate for principles. of Roe, the law of the land for nearly half a century. until the U.S. Supreme Court reversed it in a ruling on Friday.

A CBS poll released Sunday found that 59% of all Americans and 67% of women disapprove of the decision, with strong majorities viewing the decision as a harbinger of future decisions limiting access to birth control and the right to same-sex marriage.

More Democrats than Republicans said the Roe decision would make them more likely to vote.

The CBS poll indicates that, at least in the short term, how the conservative Supreme Court majority could reshape American life is an unwelcome distraction for Republicans like Stefanowski who have tried to keep voters narrowly focused on inflation and the record. high gasoline prices.

“Economic issues are always going to trump abortion for many voters,” Celinda Lake, national Democratic strategist, told The New York Times. “But it’s very, very important for Democrats — to win over those swing voters — to make this a choice, not a referendum.”

Lake said abortion “is going to be a major factor in that because it’s a very clear distinction.”

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On Twitter, Stefanowski and other Republicans tried to blur that distinction by dismissing the impact of the court’s Roe decision in Connecticut, where a law passed 32 years ago guarantees the right to access abortion.

“I will continue to support Connecticut State Law, which codified a woman’s right to choose, with an appropriate ban on late-term abortion,” Stefanowski said in a tweet on Friday before returning to his account at daily countdown to July 1, when the state’s diesel fuel tax is set to increase by 9.1 cents to 49.2 cents per gallon.

Stefanowski supports requiring parental notification for minors under 16 to obtain an abortion. Lamont supports the current law, which requires counseling for minors seeking abortions, including a suggestion that they consult with a parent or family member.

Lamont’s ad was produced over the weekend and opens with excerpts from three news anchors giving the news on Friday that “the Supreme Court has made a decision…ultimately, Roe v. Wade is overturned…until about half of the states are expected soon to make it illegal.

The governor’s share had already been registered, anticipating a decision telegraphed more than a month ago when Politico issued a draft notice.

Although quick to air with an advertisement on Roe v. Wade, the Lamont campaign doesn’t interrupt a spot focused on tax cuts and other consumer relief. Inflation and dissatisfaction with a Democratic White House remain significant issues in the midterm elections.

As the CBS poll revealed, only 19% of Americans think things are going well.

Jessica C. Bell