This extreme emphasis shows "a disconnect with voters," she argued, especially at a time "when Americans are desperate for jobs and leadership on economic issues."
Ferguson said that rhetoric accusing mandate opponents of waging a "war on women" is laughable because it is so "absurd."
"There is no legislative proposal to take away birth control," she observed, pointing out that the Republican Party is not seeking to ban birth control but simply to leave the decision to purchase it up to individuals and employers, as it had been for decades before the mandate.
Rather than an attack on women, the real problem with the contraception mandate is that it is "a gross violation of our religious freedom," Ferguson explained, adding that "conscience rights have always been a bipartisan issue."
The administration's stance on the mandate is out of touch with the American electorate, Ferguson said, and this could influence the upcoming election.
She pointed to a survey conducted this summer by the Washington, D.C.-based polling firm QEV Analytics on attitudes towards the mandate.
The survey found that 29 percent of Catholics are less likely to vote for President Obama in the upcoming election as a result of the mandate, while only 13 percent said they were more likely to vote for him because of it.
Furthermore, 38 percent of religiously active white females said that the mandate made them less likely to re-elect the present, while just 12 percent said it made them more likely. And 28 percent of independents said that they were less likely to vote for Obama due to the mandate, while only 15 percent said they were more likely to do so.
"The intensity is on our side on this issue," Ferguson said.