There is an interesting article by NARAL's Nancy Keenan, a Montanan for whom I have profound respect (if you get the chance, listen to her speak sometime), on abortion in this year's mid-term elections. She makes the argument that anti-choice candidates are backing themselves in a corner this fall with their hardline, no-compromise stand on choice-related issues…
Why are pro-choice candidates winning? Because they are not only
using these egregious bans on abortion to put their opponents on the
defense, they are also introducing voters to their commonsense message
of increasing access to birth control, including the “morning-after”
pill, providing honest, age-appropriate sex education and better
family-planning services for those without health insurance.
Meanwhile, anti-choice politicians in Congress and state
legislatures are providing voters with multiple reasons to vote for an
alternative this November.
Keenan mentions the Tester race in passing, however, I am curious where this issue fits into the election this fall. I think Republicans have done certainly played this issue to their base with some success however I wonder if that is as effective in Montana.