The Pro-Life Freshmen on the March

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Jan. 24 2011 1:36 PM

The Pro-Life Freshmen on the March

I stopped briefly by the March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rights rally held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade . Of the most interest to me: What the dozens of pro-life Republicans who took over suburban, blue districts would say.

They showed up, and they were not shy. Rep. Bobby Schilling, who defeated Democrat Phil Hare in a district that had been drawn for a moderate Democrat, proudly told the crowd that he had 10 children, and that he decided to run for office after two of his daughters cried at the news of Obama's 2008 victory.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

Advertisement

"When somebody tells you they support the right to choose, finish the sentence!" said Schilling. "It's the right to choose to kill unborn babies."

Rep. Joe Walsh, who unexpectedly won a tony district in the Chicago suburbs that had been trending Democratic, reminded the crowd that he was "one of four new pro-life members from the president's home state."

Rep. Ann-Marie Buerkle, who won an upstate New York seat in another close upset, told the crowd she was honored to be there after "30 years in the pro-life movement."

For some reason, coverage of the GOP's 2010 wins spotlighted the economic libertarian streak of candidates and soft-peddled the fact that almost every candidate was solidly, Henry Hyde-honoring pro-life. Marjorie Dannenfelser of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List was at the rally, though not backstage with the various candidates she'd helped to elect. She pointed out that this is arguably the most pro-life Congress since Roe .

"We have 17 pro-life women," said Dannenfelser. "I can't remember ever having so many. And I count each one of them as three members!"

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?
Music

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 1 2014 12:20 PM Don’t Expect Hong Kong’s Protests to Spread to the Mainland
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?