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 YoungIowa New Members 2019 McCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote Dem Axne beats GOP Rep. Young in Iowa MORE (Iowa), Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamIllinois New Members 2019 Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses MORE (Ill.), Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderMike Pompeo to speak at Missouri-Kansas Forum amid Senate bid speculation Yoder, Messer land on K Street Bold, bipartisan action on child care will win plenty of friends MORE (Kan.), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonDCCC official says Democrats look to make 'big gains' in Texas, Georgia Democrats need a worthy climate plan NASA lost key support to explore Jupiter's moon MORE (Texas), Jason LewisJason Mark LewisMLB donated to GOP lawmaker who made controversial comments about women, minorities Minnesota New Members 2019 Overnight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — Medicaid expansion gets extra boost from governors' races | Utah's expansion to begin April 1 | GOP lawmaker blames McCain for Dems winning House 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.