Republican Majority for Choice

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The Republican Majority for Choice (RMC) was a Republican organization in the United States dedicated to preserving legal access to abortion. The group also supported federal funding for all kinds of stem cell research, including embryonic stem cell research.[1]

RMC had a political action committee and supported pro-choice Republicans across the country. The group closed operations in 2018.

The name was chosen to emphasize information based on polling that consistently shows that a majority of Republicans support legal access to abortion in at least some circumstances. In 2009, Gallup reported that 66% of Republicans agreed that abortion should be legal in some (54%) or all (12%) circumstances.[2] A Gallup poll in 2011 found that 27% of Republicans identified themselves as pro-choice.[3] However, 42% of Republicans support legal abortion during the first trimester.[4] In 2017, Gallup released polling information showing that 36% of Republicans identified as pro-choice and 70% agreed that abortion should be legal in some (56%) or all (14%) circumstances.[5]

In 2018, a NBC/Wall St Journal poll found that 52% of Republicans supported the Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling and did not want said ruling to be overturned.[6]

History

The Republican Majority for Choice was renamed from the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition in 2004 after an American Viewpoint Poll commissioned by Republicans for Choice found that 69% of Republicans strongly agreed with the following statement: "The decision to have an abortion should be between a woman, her doctor and her family. Government should not be involved in making such a personal decision." [7]

The Republican Majority for Choice is allied with other Moderate to Liberal Republican Groups such as The Republican Main Street Partnership, Christine Todd Whitman's It's My Party Too, Ann Stone's Republicans for Choice, the Log Cabin Republicans, The Wish List, Republicans for Environmental Protection, and the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority. In 2018, the RMC announced that it was closing operations and its leadership announced they were leaving the GOP citing the party's anti-abortion platform.[8]

Supported candidates

The following candidates were supported by the Republican Majority for Choice in 2008. Their status has been updated to reflect their current positions as of the 2010 U.S. elections. As of July 2018, three Republican Senators had identified themselves as pro-choice, Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.[9] "Collins, Murkowski, and Capito have voted for both pro- and anti-abortion legislation, but all three back the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion"[10].

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives

Note: The number in parenthesis indicates the Representative's congressional district.

See also

References

  1. ^ Republican Majority for Choice - 2008 Legislative Priorities Archived 2008-01-16 at the Wayback Machine. (link changed to '-2010 Legislative Priorities', may not correctly reference material cited.)
  2. ^ Inc., Gallup,. "Republicans', Dems' Abortion Views Grow More Polarized". Gallup.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  3. ^ Inc., Gallup,. "Republicans More Unified Than Democrats on Abortion". Gallup.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  4. ^ Inc., Gallup,. "Trimesters Still Key to U.S. Abortion Views". Gallup.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  5. ^ Inc., Gallup,. "U.S. Abortion Attitudes Stable; No Consensus on Legality". Gallup.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Majority of Republicans Back Roe v. Wade, Poll Finds". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  7. ^ John Avlon on Anti-Abortion vs. Pro-Choice
  8. ^ "Opinion | Why We Are Leaving the G.O.P." Retrieved 2018-06-27. 
  9. ^ "Trump's Supreme Court Pick May Turn on Outliers in Both Parties". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-07-08. 
  10. ^ "The Senate's long, hot Supreme Court battle starts Monday". Washington Examiner. 2018-07-08. Retrieved 2018-07-08. 

External links

  • Republican Majority for Choice official site
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