Janet M. LaRue
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Note to male Democrats: Since "pro-choice" Republican women can't get backing by Emily's List, you should probably feel biologically free to dis them. Apparently some ovaries are more special than others.

Republicans should be encouraged by post-election polling to go on offense against Pelosi by pushing legislation that cuts abortion funding and advances other pro-life issues.

According to Michael Sean Winters writing in the National Catholic Reporter, a national post-election poll conducted by The Polling Company reveals that "fully 30% of voters said that abortion affected their votes, and this group broke nearly 3-to-1 in favor of the pro-life candidates."

Republicans should follow the lead of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie by cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood. Christie vetoed "a supplemental spending bill for 'Women's Health and Family Planning Services.'" According to Thomas L. McDonald, writing for the National Catholic Register,

It was set to distribute $7,453,000 to 58 abortion businesses throughout the state. Of these facilities, 29 are run by Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortion services in the state and the nation. At least three of the businesses that were to receive funding provide abortions on site, and others refer patients for abortions.

Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) introduced legislation in 2009, saying "the time has come to deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America." Pence noted that the nation's largest abortion provider's annual report acknowledged $350 million in government grants and contracts while reporting more than 300,000 abortions during the same period. As reported by Nathan Black of the Christian Post, "Pence acknowledged that current law and regulation prevents Title X funds from going directly to fund abortions, but he said there's no question that the money frees up resources that Planned Parenthood can use to provide and promote abortions."

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat majority defeated Pence's amendment by a vote of 247-183.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards knows that her organization's funding is at stake, which is a big reason why Richards is also supporting Pelosi as minority leader. In her column on Huffington Post, "Why women need Pelosi," Richards praised Pelosi's fight to keep abortion funding in Obamacare:

And in the fight to defeat the effort by Congressman Bart Stupak [a Blue Dog Democrat] to eliminate insurance coverage for abortion care, Speaker Pelosi refused to budge. Women need her now more than ever to protect their gains from those who are anxious to roll back health care and undermine their rights under the law.

Rep. Pence should reintroduce his legislation, along with a bill repealing abortion coverage in ObamaCare.

"The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act" also should be reintroduced, which would prohibit transporting a minor across state lines for an abortion in circumvention of a state's parental consent or notification law. The House passed the bill in 2005 despite Pelosi's opposition, but it failed in the Senate.

Pelosi's fans at The New York Times want her to step aside from minority leadership, saying she isn't the "persuasive communicator" that Democrats need now that Obama has turned out to be a "diffident salesman of his own work."

Who doesn't want to watch Pelosi, as the Times puts it, "visibly shrink on camera" as she tries to persuade Democrats to jump off another abortion cliff?

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Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.