This year's political field includes no fewer than five Republican Senate candidates who are so opposed to abortion that they would force women to bear their rapists' babies. Among those who would grant no exceptions even in the case of rape or incest, you'll find two Tea Party-favored women -- Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell.
Does the Republican Party really think that women voters will favor women candidates, even those candidates oppose women's rights? Melissa Harris-Lacewell notes that women remain underrepresented in politics, and yet:
[O]n the one hand, there's this little tiny bit of me that wants to cheer for the fact that you have women candidates willing to be sort of courageous enough to put themselves forward in this very tough political situation.
On the other hand, let`s be completely clear about the facts here. There is no place in the world and no time in history where restricting women's reproductive rights makes a people or a nation more free or more equal. These extreme positions on abortion are without any question a war
on American girls and women. And the fact that there are women who are both complicit and participatory in it is really neither surprising nor unprecedented.
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