Becoming less pro-life won't help GOP

Thursday, November 29, 2012
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A pro-life leader is rejecting Sen. John McCain's suggestion that Republicans need to focus less on issues like abortion.

After big losses in the general election, the GOP continues to evaluate how to attract more adherents. Recently on Fox News, the senior senator from Arizona said the Republican Party significantly failed to reach Latinos, youth, and single women, and he went on to submit that the party's mean-spirited approach to social issues is failing.

Mason, Jennifer (Personhood USA)Jennifer Mason, communications director of Personhood USA, says, "That's ridiculous."

"That's cowardly; that's something that if you are pro-life, you have to promote your views," she continues. "You have to be honest about what you believe in.

"It's very similar to the issue the abolition of slavery," she continues. "It was even said at that time in the 1800s that it's okay to be pro-slavery. If you don't like it, don't own slaves yourself. And that's the same thing that's applied to abortion today."

Mason quips that if the GOP cannot get one of the most pro-choice Republican candidates to run for office, relaxing the focus on abortion is not going to help.

"We have this problem of these more and more left, liberal Republican candidates coming up to bat, and they can't win," she notes. "They're unelectable. So, John McCain is clearly on the wrong track here. We need to get a more conservative candidate."

Joining McCain's resolve, Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told The Christian Science Monitor, "The GOP cannot continue to engage in fire-and-brimstone rhetoric with respect to social issues."

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