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"Is birth control the GOP's Terri Schiavo moment?"

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Greg Sargent at the Washington Post asks if the current birth control debate, pitting the Republican party and the Catholic bishops against President Obama, most Americans, and even most Catholics (including Republican Catholics), is the GOP's "Terri Schiavo" moment.

The respected Dem firm Democracy Corps has just published an important polling memo that gets right to the heart of why the birth control battle could matter so much in this year’s elections.

The firm’s poll finds that one of the most important factors powering Obama’s gains against likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney has been the President’s improving numbers among unmarried women, a key pillar of the present and future Democratic coalition.

Among this group, Obama now leads Romney by 65-30 — and there’s been a net 18-point swing towards the President among them.
After unmarried women dropped off for Dems in 2010 and were slow to return to the Dem fold in 2011, Obama is now approaching the 70 percent he won among them in 2008.
Yeah, nothing scares unmarried women quite as much as a bunch of old men telling them what to do with their bodies.

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