National Review: The Swing States Where Abortion Will Matter Most on Election Day

By Alexandra DeSanctis

When it comes to social issues, the Party must in fact and deed be inclusive and welcoming. If we are not, we will limit our ability to attract young people and others, including many women, who agree with us on some but not all issues.”

So concluded the Republican National Committee in its so-called autopsy analyzing the GOP’s failure in the 2012 election cycle. Party leadership might as well have filled an entire page of the document with bright-red, bolded, 20-point type: “Don’t talk about abortion.”

One week ago in the last debate of the Indiana Senate race, for example, Republican businessman Mike Braun hammered Democratic senator Joe Donnelly for his voting record on abortion. “When it comes to the sanctity of life, you cannot say you’re pro-life and have your voting record,” Braun told his competitor. “I’m the one that’s being endorsed by the Indiana Right to Life. Susan B. Anthony [List] has knocked on 500,000 doors for me. The National Right to Life is endorsing me. They give Joe an ‘F’ grade.”

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