The Republican Majority for Choice
If that sounds like a misnomer, then you’ve been duped by the very vocal minority who have hijacked the Republican Party over the past several years. Hardly surprising – and in no way your fault – since there’s been literally millions spent and thousands involved in keeping the myth alive and well.
What brought this to my attention was a memo sent to me from the (newly renamed) Republican Majority for Choice. In a survey completed by the research firm American Viewpoint, it has been revealed that 73% of Republicans support a woman’s right to choose, contrary to what you’re hearing almost daily in the news. The survey was conducted in May 2004 and asked 1,006 American adults for their opinions on the matter. Read the story over at Republican Majority for Choice for further details.
So why are you just hearing this now? Think about it – who benefits by telling you this? Certainly not the anti-choice, ultra-right factions who are responsible for the “Republican=Outlaw abortion” message. And equally not the Democratic Party, who has been the direct beneficiary of the stream of Republicans who have left the Party in disgust at what it’s become. Opponents of other Republican viewpoints have had no reason at all to correct the myth since it’s not only “not their fight”, but it also makes for a convenient method to villify Republicans in general and make all of their viewpoints easier to attack.
I am trying to get some of the raw results, if I can, to post here. At the very least, I’d like a bit more information about how the survey was conducted. After all, I don’t want to accept this at face value simply because I like what I hear. But like it I do, and I find a lot to hope for in this news.
UPDATE: Well, the news has certainly had an effect on the RMC. When I sent them an e-mail to get some details for the survey, it got bounced from their provider (Earthlink) because of a “quota violation” on their e-mail account. Something tells me their message has generated a lot of interest! More as I get it….