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6 Pro-Choice Wives of Conservative Politicians

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4. Cindy McCain

While current Senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, his wife Cindy told Katie Couric that she did not agree.

Though Cindy comes across pretty wishy-washy in the interview as she tries to declare her personal feelings without stepping on her husband’s toes, when her spokespeople had the chance to later clarify and potentially backtrack on Cindy’s stance on abortion, they instead affirmed Cindy’s belief in a woman’s right to choose.

5. Diana Cantor

Her husband, Eric, may be one of the most prominent Republican faces in the nation as the current House Majority Leader, but Diana still clings to some of the socially liberal values she held before meeting him.

In a 60 Minutes interview, Diana confirms she not only supports same-sex marriage, but a woman’s right to choose. “I do disagree [with Eric]… If I expect him to respect my views that could be different, I certainly need to respect his,” she says.

6. Nancy Reagan

Though her husband Ronald was known for his firm anti-choice stance, the former First Lady gave her own opinion in a lecture at George Washington University in 1994. “I’m against abortion,” Nancy said. “On the other hand, I believe in a woman’s choice.”

The revelation was not a total surprise as she had been quoted as saying, “I don’t give a damn about the pro-lifers” while urging her husband to skip the topic of abortion in his State of the Union address.

What do you think? Is it time conservative politicians started paying more attention to their wives’ opinions?


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Photo credits: Anita Perry by Dell, Barbara Bush by Lauren Gerson, Laura Bush by Krisanna Johnson, Cindy McCain by Craig O'Neal, Diana Cantor by the office of Cynthia Lummis, and Nancy Reagan by United States Congress.

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1:45PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

BRITTANY E: KUDOS! Nor would their husbands for that matter. What a different world it would be. Don and I CAN! :-))

4:48AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Thanks a lot for sharing this article.

1:44AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

I supposed they was con and lie by there husband for marriage as all conservative mp are good at that .

8:25PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

6 women who would not even be alive today if their mothers were pro-choice & had aborted them...

9:38PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Good article, thank you.

9:37PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Good article, thank you.

12:02PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013


11:30PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Sad that the women have no influence with the men in their lives. It's like "I love you but get back to the kitchen and shut your mouth.

11:58AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Interesting - but I think that these women married powerful Right Wing men with very strong opinions because they probably agree with them too. Are they really disagreeing with their husbands - or are they trying to widen the voter base?! Pardon me for sounding cynical - but I have seen a lot of politics!

10:49AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Pro-choice should be about every individual making their
own "choices." I somehow feel some think it should not be
synonymus with pro-abortion. And, I do not agree that a human fetus should be thought of as a sapling tree seed. Now that is simply an opinion, but thoughts that are opposite mine are also opinions. I realize that all contraception is not 100% all the time, but sure beats the odds of no protection. I haven't been able to come to grips with a pregnancy due to rape. That really is a difficult call that needs to be as someone put it-between the woman and her inner belief system. This situation requires sensitivity and respect on whatever choice the person makes.
I do not align myself with any political party and would hesitate
to share my beliefs. Women (and men) are complex and made up
of many ideas from their past and present. It is not good to
continually throw stones.

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