Political leaders slammed Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as a “puppet” of Planned Parenthood this week after he vetoed a bill to protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions.
The pro-abortion governor has received wide-spread criticism for the move, including from female lawmakers, voters and news outlets in other states.
State Sen. Michele Brooks’ Senate Bill 3 passed the state legislature earlier this month with strong, bipartisan support. It would prohibit brutal dismemberment abortions that tear nearly fully-formed unborn babies limb from limb while their hearts are beating, and ban abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain.
However, Wolf vetoed the bill this week, claiming it was “cruel” and “the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country.” The pro-abortion governor claimed his veto was motivated by his concern for women, but others pointed to a very different reason.
“Tom Wolf is a puppet of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s No. 1 provider of abortions, and is going to gladly accept their special-interest money for more political favors,” Greg Manz, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party, told Fox News.
Wolf has close ties to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in America, and appointed one of the abortion chain’s board members as his chief of staff. He also volunteered as an abortion clinic escort for Planned Parenthood and received strong support from the abortion industry during his election campaign.
He currently is running for re-election, and Planned Parenthood is expected to be one of his biggest supporters again.
Brooks, who sponsored the bill, also blasted the governor for parroting Planned Parenthood’s talking points and refusing her invitation to discuss the bill. She said she is praying that Wolf will have a change of heart.
“The people who say this legislation is ‘radical’ and ‘cruel’ are the same people who believe it is acceptable to tear the arms and legs off a six-month-old baby in utero,” Brooks said after Wolf vetoed the legislation. “That’s cruel and radical.”
Even an Indiana newspaper editorial board called out Wolf’s radical pro-abortion agenda. Editors at the News-Sentinel said Wolf mimicked Planned Parenthood’s lingo throughout the fight, using terms like “anti-choice” instead of “pro-life” and defending the killing of potentially viable unborn babies.
“Stopping a beating heart and dismembering a tiny body is the wrong ‘choice,’” the editors wrote. “Call it what you will, but late-term abortion is wrong.”
Pointing to an Indiana law that protects unborn babies at 20 weeks, they continued, “We support our state and others in their efforts to roll back the impact of the 1973 failure of the Supreme Court.”
About 1,550 babies are killed in Pennsylvania every year in dismemberment abortions. State Department of Health reports indicate that nearly 400 unborn babies are aborted past 20 weeks annually.
Pro-life advocates in Pennsylvania said polls found that the legislation had strong public support, including from a majority of women.
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