GOP won't abandon issue

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 For six years (2000-2006) the Republican Party controlled both houses of Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. During this time they managed to cut taxes for the wealthy, de-regulate the financial industry, and start two un-funded wars. However, they did not attempt to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Why was such a central plank of the Republican platform for the past thirty years allowed to languish on the back burner during a time when the Republicans possessed the resources to make a serious challenge to abortion rights?

The answer can be found in the words of Carol Tobias as she addressed the Kentucky Right to Light Association conference last week. She said that the Republican party would become obsolete if they abandoned their pro-life stance “because right-to-lifers are such a big part of this party.” Ms. Tobias is absolutely correct when she links the Republicans’ future to the blind support of the right-to-lifers. The GOP can ill afford to abandon their pro-life support. They also cannot support them to examine the remainder of their agenda. Some of them might not like what they see and alter their voting habits. Current Republican leadership understands this situation completely. That is why they profess to support right-to-life issues, but have done nothing to actually outlaw abortion. The irony of this situation is that as along as the right-to-life movement continues to blindly support the GOP, they are actually guaranteeing that legal abortion will continue in the United  States.

Robert Stinson