The Hypocrisy of the Anti-Abortion Movement — From Billionaire David Koch to Congresswoman Renee Ellmers
Usually political calculation isn’t this obvious.
On the one hand, you’ve got Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, a conservative’s conservative who dared to suggest that voting on an abortion ban with a limited rape exception might look bad to women and younger voters. On the other, billionaire David Koch, a prominent conservative who supports legal abortion and gay rights. That conservative activists are screaming for the former’s Congressional seat and completely ignoring the latter shows the hypocrisy of anti-abortion politics today.
Ellmers has a lifetime 100 percent voting record with National Right to Life, but now she’s “Public Enemy No. 1” for conservative activists for saying the obvious: Voting on an abortion ban with a very punitive rape “exception” is bad politics. She’s not against banning abortion or even this bill, mind you. She just didn’t want to make a bad impression with voters. For showing political acumen, Erick Erickson of RedState called her “a sniveling liar” and “the GOP’s Abortion Barbie.” Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council threatened to get her a primary opponent in the next election. “That’s going to happen and she deserves it,” said Dannenfelser.