Support for Roe v. Wade at All-Time High


A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 71% of American voters believe that the decision, which established a woman’s legal right to an abortion, should not be overturned. Just 23% say the ruling should be reversed. “That’s the highest level of support for the decision — and the lowest share of voters who want Roe v. Wade overturned — in the poll’s history dating back to 2005. In 1989, according to Gallup’s survey, 58% said they believed it should stay in place while 31% disagreed.”

Romney Campaign Flip-Flops, Ties Itself in Knots over Whether Mitt Supports Equal Pay for Women

During the presidential debate Tuesday night, an undecided voter asked Mitt Romney what he would do to ensure that women were paid the same as men when they performed the same task. His answer was a long-winded, evasive word salad. The short answer was “nothing.”

In contrast, Pres. Obama’s position is clear. The first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which made it illegal to pay women less for doing the same jobs as men, among other things. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, like all but seven of his Republican House colleagues, voted against the equal-pay bill.

After the debate, Romney’s clean-up crew took the field, and the sort of clown-car antics we have seen almost daily from Team Romney ensued:


Female Legislators Turn the Tables on Reproductive Rights Bills

RepublicansVaginaEven before Republican Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s “oops” moment — when he admitted that he had no clue how the mandatory ultrasound he originally backed “unconditionally” worked — women knew that most men don’t bother their pretty little heads with the details of contraception. Such lady business is just not theirs to contemplate.

So female legislators introduced a string of bills in state houses intended to help them “get it.”

O.K. Republican Taliban guys, we’ll break down what you’re advocating for you, analogy style. First, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D).

Sen. Janet Howell proposed an amendment requiring men to undergo a rectal exam and cardiac stress test before getting prescriptions for erectile dysfunction drugs.


Poll: Most Agree with Obama Admin That Religious Businesses Should Cover Cost of Contraceptives


Sarah Kiff at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog:

A majority of Catholics — 52 percent — … agree with the Obama administration’s decision to not exempt religious hospitals and universities from the provision. “Outside the political punditry, most Catholics agree with the administration on the issue,” says one Obama campaign official, explaining the view that this could be a political win.

And a lot of this likely isn’t about Catholic voters at all.

Rather, it may well be about the demographics that are most supportive of this particular health reform provision: young voters and women. In the PRRI poll, both groups register support above 60 percent for the provision.