White House press secretary Jay Carney called the remarks "reprehensible" and "disappointing" at a press conference later in the day.
Massachusetts Democrats called on Brown specifically to distance himself from the comments in a statement earlier Friday. The incumbent senator is locked in a tight election battle with former Obama adviser Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats narrow scope of IRS proposal amid GOP attacks Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter FDA proposes rule to offer over-the-counter hearing aids MORE, who used Brown's support for the Blunt amendment - which would have allowed employers to opt out of providing coverage for health care they morally objected to - as fodder for attack ads earlier this week.
“Earlier this week, Scott Brown sided with Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntHartzler pulls in 6,000 for Missouri Senate bid with .65M on hand McConnell gets GOP wake-up call The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE, and the right wing of the Republican Party by fighting for passage of the Blunt amendment. Shortly afterwards, his party’s most prominent spokesman – Rush Limbaugh – launched into an obscene and offensive tirade against a young law student for testifying against the Blunt amendment and calling for women to have access to contraception… Scott Brown needs to decide whose side he is on, and he needs to make clear that Limbaugh’s actions are unacceptable on public airwaves," Clare Kelly, director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, said in a statement.
Other Republicans, including House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' MORE (R-Va.) similarly denounced the comments earlier Friday.
Limbaugh, however, said Democrats were exploiting the contraception issue to scare Americans away from the Republican Party during his radio show Friday.
"The Democrats need these planks to scare voters about the Republican Party," Limbaugh said on his radio show Friday. "Contraception is the replacement plank for abortion in the Democrat Party platform. That's what's happening here in a political sense."
Daniel Strauss and Jonathan Easley contributed to the reporting of this article.