NARAL to launch $1M ad campaign targeting GOP over Kavanaugh

Pro-abortion rights advocacy group NARAL is launching a $1 million ad campaign hitting vulnerable House Republicans over the GOP's support for newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

The NARAL campaign is seeking to turn Democratic anger over Kavanaugh into votes during the midterm elections. 


The ad juxtaposes images of angry anti-Kavanaugh protesters with pictures of GOP representatives as a voiceover says they are part of the "attack" on women.

The campaign will target vulnerable GOP representatives in top-targeted races for Dems, including GOP Reps. David YoungDavid Edmund YoungChurches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Iowa Democrat calls foul on White House over Trump ethanol tour invite MORE (Iowa), Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamEx-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm Blue states angry over SALT cap should give fiscal sobriety a try Illinois Dems offer bill to raise SALT deduction cap MORE (Ill.), Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Kansas Senate race splits wide open without Pompeo Mike Pompeo to speak at Missouri-Kansas Forum amid Senate bid speculation MORE (Kan.), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonLack of transparency may put commercial space program at risk Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers MORE (Texas), Jason LewisJason Mark LewisRepublicans must push through genuine health care reform Investigation concludes marijuana, medication impaired driver involved in GOP train crash The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE (Minn.) and Dave Brat (Va.).

“The Republican Party takeover of our government has been devastating for women and families,” said Sasha Bruce, senior vice president for campaigns and strategy at NARAL, in the campaign's press release. "They have had their say, now it is time for us to have ours and vote them out."

The ad targeting Roskam begins with the the voiceover saying, "Right now, women are under attack." 

"And Congressman Peter Roskam's leading the charge," it continues. "We know what he thinks about us. Let's show Roskam what we think of him." 

The ad also hits Roskam's track record on abortion rights, which he does not support.

NARAL's campaign will include digital ads and mail. 

Women's groups across the country are funneling resources into competitive House and Senate races in an attempt to flip the house back to Democrats. 

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters came out in droves following allegations of sexual misconduct against him, confronting lawmakers and flooding the Hart Senate Office Building.

Many groups are seeking to redirect that energy against the GOP towards the midterms. 

Political analysis website FiveThirtyEight predicts Democrats have a 3-in-4 shot of taking the House, while they have a 2-in-9 chance of taking the Senate.