On Friday, we ran a piece headlined, "Suddenly, Everyone’s Pro-Choice!"
Well, not everyone. The New York Times today reported that a record number of anti-choice Democrats are running for Congressional seats, often with generous backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Mayor Bobby Bright in Alabama, Kathleen Dahlkemper in Pennsylvania, Jim Esch in Nebraska and nine others are self-identified "pro-life" Democrats who make their opposition to legal abortion part of their campaign pitch. The Times writes, "Representative Christopher Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic
Congressional Campaign Committee, said the strategy may neutralize the
advantage Republicans have enjoyed on social issues like abortion while
allowing Democrats to emphasize areas of Democratic strength, primarily
jobs and health care."
It may be tempting to see abortion as an obstacle to connecting with socially conservative voters on other Democratic strong suits, but to Kelli Conlin, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, “It misses the larger point.” Conlin told the Times, “The movement to recruit anti-choice candidates ignores the larger reality that this is a pro-choice nation.”
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