(NEWSER) – With the midterm elections ahead, both parties are looking to use abortion rights as a rallying issue. Republicans are hoping related state ballot initiatives will bring voters to the polls. Meanwhile, they're looking to avoid another Todd Akin "legitimate rape" embarrassment, instead emphasizing a fiscally conservative take on abortion. In Oregon, for instance, "we don’t make this a pro-life thing,” says Jeff Jimerson, who is behind a petition seeking a ballot measure that would ban state funds going to abortion. “This is a pro-taxpayer thing." Similarly, in the House, Republicans are set to focus this year on the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," the New York Timesreports.