What Women Think of When They Don’t Think of Abortion

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Ha-ha, just kidding.

Don’t tell NOW or Planned Parenthood (a euphemism if there ever was one), but some women think something else:

GOP strategists have openly worried that the recent focus on social issues could sink Santorum’s chances among female voters in a general election and even doom his candidacy for the nomination among Republican women. But midway through their Michigan caravan, Gallagher said she has seen just the opposite, as women turn out at Santorum rallies to show their support for the former Pennsylvania senator.

“What I think women are responding to as they get to know Rick is that he is a good man,” Gallagher said. “You don’t see guys like that in politics very much.”

She called the contraception issue in particular “political clutter” and observed that Santorum’s willingness to stand by the position that he personally opposes contraception may actually have helped him among conservative women, who are looking for a leader willing to stand their ground on issues they care about. She also said that the perception that all women are liberal and pro-choice, and so would be alienated by Santorum’s positions on social issues, is wrong.

“The political narrative that women are liberal and pro-choice may be true of half the country, but the other half really care very deeply about marriage and religious liberty, and Rick Santorum is their champion,” she said. “It’s certainly not a problem for Republican women that Rick is a faithful Catholic.”

“The tide is turning in this country. More and more women are pro-life, and they’re looking for heroes on the issue,” says Musgrave, a former Colorado congresswoman who is a vice president of the SBA List. “We can always count on Rick Santorum.”

Musgrave also said that Santorum’s personal story, including his eight children, has won over numbers of women who see him as a devoted husband and father.

“They’re very drawn to the way Rick Santorum relates to his wife and children and the way he relates to Bella,” she said, speaking of Sanoturm’s youngest daughter, who has a life-threatening genetic disorder. “He has that strength of character, but he has that tenderness as he relates to his wife and his children that is just amazing.”

I guess you could say these women think about abortion, too—at least sometimes—they just think about it differently.

And they have company:

Alan Steinberg, a New Jersey political commentator who has been advocating for a more conservative alternative to Romney, suggested that whatever support Santorum would lose among more moderate Jews he would make up in support among Jewish conservatives.

“His stance on social issues will be a plus, particularly in the Orthodox community,” he said. “He will have the Orthodox, Jewish conservatives and the pro-Israel community that is pro-Netanyahu and pro-Likud.”

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  1. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    February 27, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    I hope you’re right but I just don’t see it. First of all, if there are so many conservative women, why didn’t McCain win? Sarah Palin drew enormous crowds, but Obama won in a landslide. I think that this is because most Americans view certain positions as so far outside the mainstream that they wouldn’t even consider voting for someone who espoused them. I am not sure if abortion falls in that category (it might), but contraception certainly does. In my entire adult life, I have known exactly one family that didn’t use contraception.

    Secondly, Santorum’s stand against contraception will actually support pro-abortion people. Why? Because when you start suggesting that using contraception denies life to the unborn that would have been conceived had the contraception not been used, you are moving into the “barefoot and pregnant” mentality. Very few people accept the notion that women shouldn’t be able to control when they become pregnant via contraception, vs. the broad discomfort with outright abortion. Santorum ties abortion to contraception, thereby strengthening abortion. Do any of us want to say to our daughters: Sure, honey, you can become an astronaut, but only if you don’t marry or if you are somehow able to fit your career development around eight pregnancies and the care of eight children? What I want to say to my daughter, and what I assume most people want to say to their daughter is: You can be whatever you can achieve. If you want a big family – go for it! If you want a career and a husband and a few kids – go for it!

    Finally – regarding Orthodox Jews: I am not Orthodox but I agree with them on many things. My impression is that most of them tend to vote Republican anyway. You cannot replace the women who are appalled by the conversation about contraception with Orthodox Jews. There aren’t enough of them anywhere in the world… And my middle-aged Conservative Jewish friends are actually, shockingly, considering a vote for Obama because they are completely turned off by the contraceptive discussion. Their daughters are young adults and they are horrified by the implications of Santorum’s positions.

    - Aggie

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