Where Are All the Pro-Choice Republicans?
This morning when I was reading The Washington Post, an op ed caught my eye.
It is written by Victoria Toensing, who was the deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration. She makes a powerful plea to other pro-choice Republicans to "leave the closet," as she puts it, and to announce themselves as proudly pro-choice.
As the president of a bipartisan organization, I could not agree more. We need more -- many more -- pro-choice Republicans at all levels of government. In fact, the Republican Party used to boast many fearless pro-choice champions. However, in the 2012 cycle, we were not able to endorse one pro-choice Republican for federal office.
I wanted to share her powerful piece, and hope you read and pass it along to your friends.
"Pro-choice Republicans go public"
Victoria Toensing, a Washington lawyer, was deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration.
I am a pro-choice Republican. We are not an endangered species. Since the Republican Party declared itself pro-life, most of us have been in the closet.
I appreciate that both viewpoints are sincerely held: Pro-choicers believe that the government should not intrude in such a private decision; pro-lifers believe that life begins at conception. I have supported each.
Raised Catholic, I accepted the church's doctrine that abortion was morally wrong. This was before Roe v. Wade, so in many states abortion was also illegal. A personal experience changed my view.