Obama Campaign Video: Girls’ Dreams Require HHS Mandate

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 21, 2012   |   12:49PM   |   Washington, DC

The Obama campaign has released a new video claiming that the dreams of little girls can only be advanced with an assurance that they will have the access to birth control and abortion-causing drugs that the controversial HHS mandate requires.

Erin Bilbray-Kohn, the narrator of the video, “Letters to the President: The Dreams of Our Daughters,” released on the Obama re-election campaign’s YouTube page, and talks about the dreams of her two young daughters, saying:

“It is upsetting to me that in 2012 the use of birth control has become controversial. [Birth control] is as common in a woman’s medicine cabinet as cough medicine. “This is just one reason I’m so passionate about getting you re-elected this year. We need a President who will stand up for women’s health and stay focused on jobs and economic recovery. The dreams of all our daughters are at stake. And they’re counting on us to fight for them.”

The video is upsetting to Lucy LeFever, a pro-life writer who blogs at the Live Action web site.

Birth control wasn’t a focal issue until President Obama made it one.  Though the media would love to paint the HHS mandate debate as a war on birth control, birth control is not the issue today. Forcing religious schools and organizations to pay for birth control – as well as sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs – is the issue. Depicting this as an attack on birth control is a deceptive straw-man argument and blatantly false.

This video, as well as the entire push for taxpayer-funded birth control and abortion-inducing drugs, is incredibly offensive to women. Six-year-old Daisy can become a doctor for dolphins only if we pay for her birth control? Ten-year-old Caroline should give up her military dreams now? This is just not the case. Daisy, Caroline, and women across America are better and more capable than that – and the narrator of the video inadvertently agrees.

Having started with a faulty premise, it should come as no surprise that the narrator reaches the wrong conclusion: re-election of President Obama. Our current president cannot fight for the “dreams of all our daughters” as he actively fights against the dreams of many of them. What about the Daisys and Carolines of this world who dream of working at the hospitals, schools, and charities that are under attack through Obama’s new mandate? Are their dreams and beliefs less important?

LeFever says that if birth control is so common, as Bilbray-Kohn states in the video, why must religious groups be forced to fund it for their employees?

If this is the case, why do we need additional funding for birth control? If, as the argument goes, 99 percent of women use contraceptives, the counter-argument is that 99 percent of women currently have access to contraceptives. Why must we change an apparently successful system and force some Americans to violate their conscience?



LeFever says Bilbray-Kohn ignores how Obama and his pro-abortion supporters, such as the Planned Parenthood abortion business, have hurt women in the name of women’s health.

President Obama actively supports Planned Parenthood, an organization that has been caught concealing and even aiding the sex trafficking and abuse of minors. Where was he when those daughters needed help? President Obama is also an avid abortion advocate, supporting the deaths of thousands of our daughters. Why aren’t their dreams worth fighting for?

Bilbray-Kohn’s support of Obama is based on an offensive, faulty foundation. Women can do (and have done) better than hanging their dreams on the subsidies of others. Women can do better than forcing women of faith and those opposed to abortion to violate their conscience. It is time that we dream bigger.