Talk to women about embryos? What, is he crazy?

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The Seattle Times’ Alicia Mundy reports that Congressman Dave Reichert (R-Wa.) changed his vote on stem cells after having a “heart-to-heart” talk with women (“potential mothers”) on his staff.

The meeting with Reichert’s female staffers was emotional, according to Reichert and one participant. “There were teary eyes, including mine,” Reichert said, adding that, to his surprise, “It was unanimous, really, among the women.” They all favored expanding the research.

Now, cynics among you might note that Reichert, a one-termer in a swing district who has been targeted for defeat in what has been called “the only seriously competitive House race in the Northwest,” also wouldn’t mind getting reelected in November. But that would be so cynical.

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