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Good timing.
In conjunction with our weekend question and a previous post on the same general topic comes an op ed by Ramesh Ponnuru in the June 11 New York Times entitled, “The year of the (pro-life) woman.”
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The entire piece is excellent. Here’s an excerpt…

Gallup… has found that 48% of American women consider themselves pro-life, while 45% consider themselves pro-choice.
There are many millions of pro-life women, but there are only 13 in the House. The Senate has no pro-life women….
The number of pro-life women running for office has increased, perhaps paradoxically, because of the social changes of the last few decades. The first generation of women to become active in politics strongly identified as feminist and considered abortion rights central to their feminism. Pro-life women were more likely to be full-time homemakers. Their invisibility on the public stage contributed to an impression that the vast majority of women were pro-choice….
These days socially conservative women are likely to have careers, too. The growing number of Americans who consider themselves pro-life suggests that fewer people, of either sex, consider access to abortion to be crucial to women’s economic success. The pro-life stance generally wins Republicans votes in general elections, because pro-lifers are more likely to vote on the issue than pro-choicers are…..
Political journalists called 1992 “the year of the woman” because so many female candidates won Senate seats that year – including Barbara Boxer, who was elevated from the House. All those women supported abortion rights. “We have been waiting for our 1992,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which encourages pro-life women to run for Congress. Her wait is coming to an end.

[HT: admin asst Kelli; Top photo L to R (click to enlarge): Sharron Angle, Republican pro-life candidate for US Senate in NV; Kelly Ayotte, Republican pro-life primary candidate for US Senate in NH; Carly Fiorina, Republican pro-life candidate for Senate in CA; and Nikki Haley, Republican pro-life primary run-off candidate for governor in SC; Bottom photo L to R (click to enlarge): Susana Martinez, Republican pro-life candidate for governor in NM; and Jane Norton, Republican pro-life primary candidate for US Senate in CO; and Star Parker, Republican candidate for Congress, CD-37]

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