Larry Elder
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Abortion, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, fails to make the cut among the top 10 issues important to voters.

Yet, because of the GOP opposition to abortion, the mainscream media insist that Republicans suffer from a voter "gender gap," with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney down 8 percentage points among women. Fifty percent of men support Romney, but only 42 percent of women do so.

Funny, just two years ago in the 2010 off-year elections, Republicans took the female vote for the first time in nearly 30 years. There are big differences in the way married women vote versus unmarried women. Married women vote Republican, as do their husbands.

Non-married women are more likely dependent on government either through welfare, Social Security, Medicare or some other "social safety net." Their reliance on government makes them vote for the party that promises to "save the social safety net" rather than the party that attacks the size and scope of government. They vote Democratic, but it is not because of their ovaries.

On the supposed "women's issue" of abortion, polls show them evenly split, with a recent Gallup poll finding 44 percent of women describe themselves as "pro-choice" versus 46 percent who call themselves pro-life. Furthermore, a majority of Americans not only oppose third-trimester abortions, but also second-trimester abortions -- which is a more restrictive position than Roe v. Wade.

The 2012 GOP platform abortion plank provides no exception for rape or incest. But neither did the 2000, 2004 or 2008 Republican Party platforms. This is simply offensive to many in the media. The Todd Akin gaffe presented them an irresistible opportunity to switch topics from the economy to something far more manageable -- attacking Republicans on social issues. A 1985 Los Angeles Times poll of newspaper journalists found that 82 percent of them favor "abortion rights."

Does this affect their work?

An internal memo in 2003 by then-Los Angeles Times editor John Carroll looked at a front-page abortion story and called out his own paper for bias. He wrote: "I'm concerned about the perception -- and the occasional reality -- that the Times is a liberal, 'politically correct' newspaper. Generally speaking, this is an inaccurate view, but occasionally we prove our critics right. We did so today with the front-page story on the bill in Texas that would require abortion doctors to counsel patients that they may be risking breast cancer.

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Larry Elder

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