The GOP's short-lived attempt, at the beginning of the year, to allow federal funding of abortions only in the case of "forcible" rape was just the start of a breathtakingly inept approach to women's issues.

And when it comes to those issues, Cicilline — who is having trouble convincing voters of his sincerity these days — can claim a legitimate pedigree. There is a reason Cecile Richards said what she said at The Dorrance.

Cicilline has to hope that enough voters, worried about holding onto their jobs and paying the bills, are listening.

David Scharfenberg can be reached at dscharfenberg@phx.com.Follow him on Twitter @d_scharfenberg.

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