A young woman called in to a radio program the other day, and she recounted an experience with a group of older females attending a university forum on women’s issues in Florida. The young woman is a conservative; the older women are liberals. The caller described being verbally mob-attacked by the women, largely over the issue of abortion and of course, over Gov. Sarah Palin as a vice-presidential candidate. It should be pointed out that bearing a child is a choice.
The feministas in that university group assumed all Republican women agree with the young woman who believes abortion is wrong. And the error in that mindset belies a lack of understanding about the GOP. The Republican Party does not fit into the tidy little racial, religious and gender niches the Democrats so handily cater to. Republicans disagree among ourselves, but we tend to be respectful about our differences. The group The Republican Majority for Choice is a perfect example. RMC released poll results in August that were glaringly—perhaps deliberately—overlooked by traditional media.
RMC polled Republicans in August. Here’s what the poll revealed:
[M]ore than 80 percent of Republicans believe that the GOP Platform should state that members of the Party have differing views on the issue of abortion, and that we should respectfully agree to disagree on this issue of an individual’s freedom of choice. Nearly 70 percent say that their support for McCain would not be affected if he chose a pro-choice running mate. Sixteen percent of Republican voters say they would be more inclined to support McCain if he chose a pro-choice running mate, while only 11 percent report that they would be less inclined.
Abortion, for Republicans, is not the single issue most of us base a vote on. And though we may believe in abortion rights, we may still not approve of procedures like partial birth abortions. Like I said, the issue is complex; we acknowledge that. As for why we’re supporting McCain-Palin for president, I’ll cover that in a future column wherein we’ll talk about some past vice-presidents and their qualifications. I will say it is my impression, based on Sen. John McCain’s history, that he respects his constituents’ different opinions on such matters.
As far as jumping on a young woman because she does not agree with you on abortion, feministas who attended the women’s issues forum showed a remarkable level of bias. A mind that cannot appreciate differences is a very small mind, I don’t give a damn how many (or what kind of) degrees you have.