Following a similar line to that taken by an ad the campaign released yesterday, Mikie Sherrill’s campaign took aim at Assemblyman Jay Webber’s history on reproductive rights on Wednesday.
“Assemblyman Webber has repeatedly voted to give the government the right to control a woman’s body in order to promote his own agenda,” said Mikie Sherrill. “The leadership that we need in Washington will protect a woman’s right to work with their doctors to make their own healthcare decisions.”
Webber, on of the most conservative assemblymen in the legislature, has long been an opponent of abortion. His voting record has earned him a 0% rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and a 100% rating from New Jersey Right to Life.
Polling suggests that record is out-of-step with most New Jersey residents, as a Rutgers Eagelton poll conducted last year found that 77% of the state’s residents supported federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion and family-planning services.
How much that votes the issue provides will most likely depend on the organizing ability of pro-choice groups in the state, as is the case with any particular issue.