by Steven Ertelt
December 12, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With polls continuing to show a majority of Americans take a pro-life position and with the 2004 elections a boon for candidates who oppose abortion, pro-abortion groups may look to health care as an issue to attract votes in 2006.
At a meeting of political strategists on Thursday, a pro-abortion pollster said Democratic candidates for state and federal offices should use health care issues to attract votes from women and moderate voters.
According to CQ HealthBeat, women are more likely than men to identify health care as one of their top concerns. Because of the success of moral issues in motivating voters in 2004, the pollster told the activists that access to health could should be presented as a "moral imperative" rather than a cost issue.
Democratic political strategist Celinda Lake, who supports abortion, conducted a poll in November of independent women voters, according to Congressional Quarterly.
Lake claims 86% of respondents agreed with the statements such as "it is morally wrong that some children in America do not have access to affordable health care" and "real family values means valuing families by having affordable health care and jobs that pay well enough to actually let families spend time together."
Americans for Health Care, a joint project between the Service Employees International Union, and Emily’s List, a pro-abortion group, released the results of the poll Thursday.
According to CQ, the poll showed neither political party had an advantage on the issue of health care but the issue resonated with women voters not affiliated with any party.
Karen White, the national political director of EMILY’s List, told CQ, "Health care cannot be approached solely as a pocketbook issue. Women see health care as a family value."
"For women, this is a morals issue, and if voters don’t hear it in that light, it will not be as effective as it could be solely as an economic issue" she explained.