“It has long been a truism that you can’t win election statewide in California without being pro-choice. The last two Republican governors, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Wilson, were pro-choice. Even conservative icon Ronald Reagan early in his first term as governor signed a therapeutic abortion law that liberalized access to the procedure years before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal,” according to contributor Eleanor Clift at PoliticsDaily.com
Democratic Incumbent Barbara Boxer’s strong support for a woman’s reproductive rights has helped mark her career since she was first elected to the Senate in 1992.
GOP Challenger Carly Fiorina, however, has declared herself as a pro-life candidate, along with fellow Republicans such as Sharon Angle, who’s running against Harry Reid for a U.S. Senate seat in Nevada.
“What we’re seeing in this election cycle, propelled in part by Sarah Palin, is the rise of pro-life feminists in a party where previously the women who rose to elective office were pro-choice moderates,” the Examiner states.
Even among first ladies whose husbands opposed abortion rights, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush all supported Roe v. Wade.
Some see the race as a proxy war for the abortion debate. Fiorina has said she would vote to overturn “Roe v. Wade.” Here’s Palin endorsing Fiorina:
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