Given the more than 160 abortion-curtailing laws that state legislatures have imposed in the past two-and-a-half years, it's obvious that when Republicans get the power, they don't pussyfoot around with it, they use it.

If a war on women is called for, they'll bristle at the label, but gladly engage. And there is no evidence they plan to stop trying to make abortion ever more difficult to obtain. Why should they stop? Although fighting Dems have arisen in Virginia and Texas, abortion-rights advocates keep losing. Not every battle, to be sure; we've had some success at blocking rotten new abortion laws and even passing a couple of good ones. But the record-busting list of abortion restrictions passed since January 2011 is appalling. Whether it's disallowing abortions after 20 weeks of gestation (which is unlikely to pass constitutional muster), or closing clinic doors with unreasonable building and other standards (which could very well clear the courts), Republicans have been on a roll.

The question is whether these forced-birther Republicans could hurt themselves, both in the states where such laws have passed and in the 2014 midterms:

Democrats and abortion-rights advocates say Republicans already have overreached—the noticeable uptick in restrictions began with GOP gains in 2010 elections, before Gosnell's prosecution began—and that moderate voters have other priorities. "Defense workers are being furloughed, student loan interest rates have doubled and these Republicans insist on a relentless pursuit of more restrictions on women's freedoms," said Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democrats' national congressional campaign for 2014.

"Swing voters are by their very nature moderate; they want solutions, not ideological warfare." [...]

Israel predicated abortion would be an issue again in the 2013-14 elections that will determine who controls Congress and dozens of statehouses during the final two years of Democratic President Barack Obama's term. He mentioned 12 Republicans who represent districts that Obama won last year and four more where Republican Mitt Romney won by less than 2 percentage points.