This story first appeared online at Politico on February 8, 2012.
By Kate Nocera
Two years ago, anti-abortion groups loved Sen. Scott Brown. Now, they don’t, and that’s a twist his reelection campaign doesn’t need.
When Brown was elected to Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat in 2010, anti-abortion groups helped deliver the votes that put him in office. He won with the support of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, and his election threatened to derail the health care reform law, a bill anti-abortion groups hated then and still do.
The Susan B. Anthony List called his special-election victory “a win for the majority of American women who demand authentic representation that reflects common-sense pro-life views, like abortion funding restrictions and conscience protections.”
But two years later, as he heads into a tough reelection race, Brown’s relationship with the anti-abortion voters is a lot more complicated.
It’s not that his views have changed — but a few key votes have shifted the perception of Brown as a politician who reflects the “common-sense pro-life views” the SBA List refers to.
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