How the Republican party became pro-life

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As recently as the early 1970s, abortion was not a party-line issue: When the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in 1973, Democrats actually polled as being less supportive of abortion rights. But all that changed in 1976, when both political parties adopted official planks on the issue. In a recent paper, University of West Georgia's Daniel K. Williams recounts the unexpected challenge that the then 'pro-choice majority' in the Republican national convention encountered that year. As Ford's campaign managers struggled to draft a platform position on abortion that was acceptable to the president, they recognized that it would be difficult to navigate a middle course between the wishes of social conservatives such as Melady and women's rights advocates such as the First Lady. One adviser, taking the president's previous statements as a guide, drafted a Republican Party platform plank...

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How can any party, or person, identify themselves ... by Dennis Kaiser on Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 10:50:18 AM
Cannot argue with anything you wrote.  It is ... by Amanda Lang on Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 12:01:20 PM
No, no, no.  It's not to treat them like sh*t... by Sister Begonia on Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 7:46:22 PM
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