From Chris Cillizza, writing at the Washington Post:
Rep. Renee Ellmers sure picked a strange time to stand up to the social conservatives in her party.
On the eve of the annual March for Life in Washington, Ellmers, a relatively unknown third-term Republican from North Carolina, led an effort to torpedo a House vote on a bill to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Her concern, which was shared by other Republican women in the House, was centered on a provision in the legislation that would have excluded rape from the ban, but only if a woman reported the rape to law enforcement. Ellmers and others also wondered whether voting on a bill trumpeted by social conservatives was the best message to send to female and young voters so soon after Republicans took full control of Congress.
Read the rest of the story at the Washington Post.