"Pro-life and pro-Obama"

Does the GOP have PUMAs of its own?

Published October 15, 2008 2:45PM (EDT)

If you've slammed your head against a wall at least once for each pro-Hillary PUMA who's abandoning Obama, this Slate report may offer a bit of salve: There are real-life "pro-life" Democratic women in swing states -- including former Bush voters -- who, without changing their stance on abortion, have decided to back Barack. We'll never know if it's a 1-to-1 wash, but still.

"Like others who told me they had based their vote on the single issue of abortion the last two times around, [Marlene] Turnbach [of Pennsylvania] says her '08 calculus takes other matters -- like the economy, the economy and the economy -- into account," writes Melinda Henneberger.

Read the whole article for the rest. Not all the news therein is good -- and, in myriad ways, reproductive rights are an economic issue, so we don't want them swept entirely off the table with the rest of the "family values" stuff -- but it does play nicely with another current Slate piece: "Enough Already With Political Categories Like 'White Women.'"



By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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