Forty-one years after the Supreme Court nationally legalized abortion in the landmark Roe v. Wade case, a woman’s right to choose is as hotly contested as ever.
In fact, Republicans are prepared to make abortion rights a central issue in the 2014 congressional elections. Rather than downplay the subject, Republican strategists are urging candidates to be outspoken about their pro-life stance during campaigns.
The Republican National Committee is spearheading this renewed emphasis on social issues, with a “Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy” that reads:
The Republican National Committee urges all Republican pro-life candidates, consultants, and other national Republican Political Action Committees to reject a strategy of silence on the abortion issue when candidates are attacked with ‘war on women’ rhetoric.
Ellen Barrosse, an RNC committeewoman, defended the resolution, claiming recent candidates like Virginia gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli and presidential nominee Mitt Romney suffered after being attacked by their Democratic opponents for waging a “war on women.”
“Not responding has not worked well for us. It’s a conversation the party has to have,” Barrosse told CNN.
Here are five ways Republicans are ending their “silence” on their anti-choice position.