The Southern Strategy Revisited: Republican Top-Down Advancement in the South

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Chapter 6
Intraparty Coalitional Politics: The Coleman Paradox

The Texas Republican convention, controlled by partisans of former California Gov. [sic] Ronald Reagan, adopted 30 super- conservative resolutions Saturday that include demands for an end to legalized abortion and rescinding the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. . . .

But the abortion issue--which came late Saturday night-- prompted the sharpest and most emotional debate. A cry of 'murder' echoed through the huge convention center as one pro- abortion speaker took the microphone.

'What society would give a mother the right to throw her newborn baby in the trash can?' asked Dr. Steven Hotze. . . .

Surrendin Angly was one of the only two speakers against the resolution. 'I also have a right to life. . . . St. Thomas Aquinas says a fetus has a soul only when it is life-sustaining,' she said, calling the 'pro-life' camp 'illogical' for approving abortions in cases of incest and rape.

Earlier, Mrs. Charles Brueggerhoff of San Antonio tried unsuccessfully to head off the resolution in committee. 'I resent being called a murderer because I believe in contraception . . . a college girl going to a doctor instead of a quack,' she said. 'My body is my own and God's' and no political or religious group 'is going to tell me what to do with it,' she said.

Republican feminists tried unsuccessfully to kill the anti- ERA resolution by walking out of the convention shortly after 10 p.m. in an attempt to break a quorum. [ Hancock 1976, POL 67:A7]

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