One Man’s Advice for Texas Republicans: Have Babies, Make More GOP Voters!

The demographics of Texas voters is a growing concern for many of the state’s Republicans, who worry that the rising number of Latinos could turn the state from a solid red to purple, or even eventually blue. Their power as a party already showed signs of weakness this summer when it took not one, but two special sessions in order to get a simple majority vote to pass a massive omnibus abortion bill that could close down most of the clinics in the state.

Barry Smitherman, who is running for the GOP Attorney General nomination, has a simple way to turn that trend around. Smitherman says: “more babies, less abortion!”

According to the Texas Tribune, Smitherman, speaking at a recent “leadership circle” luncheon for Texas Alliance for Life, told the attendees that the state would be in much better shape economically and politically if it weren’t for abortion since the unborn “would have voted Republican.”

In fact, the best thing those in attendance could do for the party is go home and make a new batch of voters. “Now [wife] Marijane and I had four children, so we’re doing our part, but some people are not having enough children and in some cases it’s either zero or one and this makes it very challenging going forward,” warned Smitherman.

If the end goal is to make more babies, Texas is certainly on its way. Family planning clinics that help poor, uninsured and rural women and girls obtain contraception have been closing at an alarming rate thanks to the state’s 2011 revamp of allocation of Title X funds. Over $2 million in funding went unspent while more than 60 clinics across the state closed, according to the Texas Observer.

Will those unintended new voters cast their ballots for the GOP, as Smitherman claims? Or will they move the state further towards blue, especially as those most likely to be affected by contraception defunding and abortion clinic closings are the Latina population of the state, who are less likely to be insured, to have the means to access distant clinics or to pay copious out of pocket expenses for birth control?

With extremist, anti-women and anti-health care GOP leaders like Smitherman, current Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and presidential aspirant Rick Perry, it’s hard to imagine the entirety of this new batch of young voters automatically embracing the Republican party, regardless of Smitherman’s tortured claims otherwise.


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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Dale O.

Perhaps GOP is thinking of a name change…Grow Our Progeny. Get Our Pedigree.

Robert K said: “…never allowed the Tea Bag pus to infect the party.”

For a moment there, I thought that I had accidently wandered into a vegan thread with vigorous protests of milk being put into the same cup as a tea bag. Teabaggers are also useful for composting and gardening but this came to an end when the people in the Hazmat suits arrived to decontaminate the area after all the crops died.

As far as Nixon’s underwear goes…mercifully, I don’t know about those but if the GOPpers start having new broods of babies, there’s certainly going to be a lot more diapers being changed.

Robert K.
Robert K4 years ago

Dylan T, true, but Bill Miller was one of the most honorable people in America and while you may have disagreed with Goldwater you must admit he was also an honorable man who loved his country and would have never allowed the Tea Bag pus to infect the party.

Remember, he was the one who told Nixon to go pound sand and leave Washington. And ironically, compared to today's Republicans he was pretty good president in that he did a lot of good amongst the bad. Certainly no Republican since him has been fit to lick his underwear. (h God, did I say that? Hmmm....)

William Eaves
William Eaves4 years ago

In a world where over population is the biggest problem, such 'advice' is totally irresponsible.

Amanda M.
Amanda M4 years ago

Ironically, by forcing more women to become tongueless brood mares because they not only don't have access to abortion, but also CONTRACEPTION, the Rethuglicans are actually going to wind up with even FEWER voters because not only are more people going to "end up" voting Democrat due to being sick of the RRR trampling over their lives and freedoms all their lives, but a good portion of the THINKING adults who are registered voters with a previous track record of voting Republican are going to switch parties after putting up with this BS!

And hopefully that counts DOUBLE for the women!

Carole L.
Carole L4 years ago

maybe gop is planning on lowering voting age to 2 days old.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas4 years ago

how many stephanie millers will come out of his plan? one of the smirtherman four?
hey it happened to bill miller and he he was goldwater's running mate.

love ya steph.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas4 years ago

if abortion is immoral and a sin, then god is immoral and a sinner because during the conquest of the holy land god ordered the isrealites to slay every man, woman and child. the seed in the womb and the beasts in the fields. every miscarriage every stillborn in the history of mankind would be an abortion by god.
an immoral god is an evil god and an evil god is a demon and not worthy of praise and worship.
just a little food for thought.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas4 years ago

elaine a. i'm sure the democrats will try to feed these babies and the republiCONS will fight them tooth and nail, because as we all know CONServative republiCONS are only concerned about the fetus in the womb and could care all the less about them once they take their first breath. we also know that the only people republicans give anything to are those who have everything already.

i'm not just having fun being smarmy, i'm telling it like it is.

David B.
David B4 years ago

why is it only republicans are the ones to air these stupid assine thoughts and ideas?and they want to run the country but only for rich white guys women and immigrants need not apply.