The Washington Times - March 6, 2012, 02:30PM

Women’s tennis great Billie Jean King fought the so-called “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs in 1973, but in a new email for Democrats she said the current political fight over contraception is a “war on women.”

“You may know me from my tennis career, but some of my biggest victories came off the court — for fairness, equality and progress for women. That’s why I’m so appalled by what we’re seeing in Congress right now,” Ms. King said in the email, sent out by House Democrats’ campaign committee.


She asks Democratic supporters to sign a petition objecting to the GOP’s stand on funding for birth control. In the email, she says Democrats have more than 800,000 signatures already.

After President Obama earlier this year ruled that religiously affiliated hospitals and schools must provide insurance that covers contraception, many of those institutions balked, particularly those who said providing that coverage would violate Roman Catholic teaching.

Republicans said Mr. Obama’s move amounted to a war on religious freedom, while Democrats said it was a matter of women’s health.