November 29, 2012 — Antiabortion-rights groups are criticizing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for comments he made on Sunday suggesting that Republicans leave abortion "alone" in the wake of the Nov. 6 election, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said McCain "should figure out why he decided" to oppose abortion rights "in the first place."
Meanwhile, Personhood USA called for the GOP to "drop" McCain. Jennifer Mason, the group's communication director, said McCain "seem[s] to believe that compromising and backing down on difficult issues is the answer, but we will only find success when we stand up and fight for what we believe in."
McCain's remarks made him the most high-profile Republican to suggest the party ease efforts to restrict abortion rights in light of the election. In at least two Senate races, Republican losses were blamed on candidates' controversial comments about abortion that drove away centrist voters (Viebeck, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 11/27).
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