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May 19, 2017

It’s not necessarily party vs. party in the abortion rights debate: Democrats have been infighting about the issue since the election. With the party in existential crisis, many wonder if the platform should be more welcoming to those with an anti-abortion stance.

This week, we decided to take a look at the self-proclaimed ‘Pro-Life Democrats’ in Congress. Samantha Cooney gathered names and voting records, with help from Democrats for Life, and one thing was immediately clear: the legislators who take an anti-abortion stance are all men. The 78 female Senators and Representatives are all pro-abortion rights.

Some of the men against abortion rights do side on the pro-rights side occasionally, such as PA Senator Bob Casey, who has twice voted against the Mexico City rule (Trump blocked funding to family-planning organizations abroad that include abortion education).

What do you think about this? About the debate at large? We’d love to hear from you.

As always,

Claire

claire.howorth@time.com

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