Contraception is a big issue for women ... and a winning issue for Democrats.
How do I know it's a good issue for our side? Well, common sense for starters ... but just as telling is the fact that Republicans are trying so hard to make Democrats afraid to talk about their support for access to contraception this year by falselyframing it as an attack on religion -- or even an attack on America:
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) likened the requirement that private insurance plans provide contraception coverage to two of the most devastating attacks on American soil.
"I know in your mind, you can think of the times America was attacked," he said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "One is Dec. 7, that's Pearl Harbor Day. The other is Sept. 11, and that's the day the terrorists attacked. I want you to remember Aug. 1, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates."
In the warped Republican universe, requiring insurers to cover contraception is just exactly like foreign attacks that killed thousands of Americans. Those little pill containers are seriously scary, huh?
Fortunately, GOP scare tactics haven't succeeded in scaring Democrats away from the birth control issue. Here's the latest Obama ad featuring women talking about contraception.
"I think Mitt Romney's really out of touch with the average woman's health issues."
"This is not the 1950's ... contraception is so important to women. It's about a woman being able to make decisions."
"I don't think Mitt Romney can even understand the mindset of someone who has to go to Planned Parenthood."
"I think Mitt Romney would definitely drag us back."
Republicans started this war, but women VOTERS will finish it. Democrats -- even in places like Alabama -- should take note of this fact, summon the courage to refute the ridiculous fearmongers and stand for what's right.