While the economy is the major issue heading into the 2012 election, social issues like abortion remain high on the list of many Americans.
According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 38 percent of women say that abortion rights are the most important issue to them. As the Republican party continues their shift to the right on many social issues, millions of women find themselves hesitant to pull the trigger for conservatives. The issue of abortion has been brought up on the national level, as well as in state and local races. Following his debate with Democrat Tammy Duckworth, Reo. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said that no exceptions should ever be made for an abortion because science shows that women don't actually die during childbirth.
(Walsh on women dying during childbirth and an abortion with the life of the mother at risk)
"With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance…There’s no such exception as life of the mother. And as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology, health of the mother has become a tool for abortions anytime under any reason."
Despite what Rep. Walsh says, a recent study by The Lancet shows that maternal death during pregnancy is actually on rise. While it's not a common occurrence, nearly 17 women die for every 100,000 births that take place. Compared to other countries, the United States ranks at the top of the list.
This isn't the first time Rep. Walsh has been in the news. Last year, Walsh made headlines when a story broke that he owed over $100,000 in back child support. Walsh also found himself in a viral video, scolding constituents at a local restaurant.