Pro-life victories occurred at polling places throughout Pennsylvania Tuesday as a result of the Keystone State’s closely-watched May 15th primary.
State senator Scott Wagner, who has a 100 percent pro-life voting record, secured the GOP nomination for Governor as a result of Tuesday’s vote. The other two candidates in the race, political newcomers Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth, also had solid pro-life positions. Wagner will take on pro-abortion Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in the fall.
In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, businessman Jeff Bartos beat out a crowded GOP field to win his party’s nomination. On the Democratic side, pro-abortion candidate John Fetterman beat incumbent Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, along with a number of other pro-abortion candidates. Stack had had a pro-life position as a legislator, but flip-flopped and embraced abortion giant Planned Parenthood when he sought higher office.
In the U.S. Senate race, pro-life Congressman Lou Barletta (R –11th district) bested state legislator Jim Christiana to win the chance to try to unseat Democratic Senator Bob Casey. Casey has an 80 percent pro-abortion voting record, according to the National Right to Life scorecard. As such, his legislative record sharply contrasts with the courageous pro-life policies of his celebrated father, the late Robert Casey, Sr. Casey’s Dad served as Governor of Pennsylvania and achieved acclaim for standing firm on his pro-life position despite opposition from national Democratic Party officials.
Twenty-nine out of the 30 state House and Senate candidates endorsed by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Political Action Committee won their races. The high victory rate shows that Pennsylvania is home to many solid pro-life office holders who continue to succeed at the polls.
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Still, Pennsylvania politics has been turned upside down as a result of Congressional redistricting. The new district lines, which were determined by a pro-abortion state Supreme Court, have caused confusion for many voters. Indeed, some Pennsylvanians showed up at the polls this week not knowing the names on their Congressional ballots. The redistricting is making it an especially challenging year for pro-life Pennsylvania candidates, and pundits predict a number of pro-life Republican Congressional seats will be lost.
But Primary 2018 is now history, and pro-lifers throughout the Commonwealth are now hoping to prove those pundits wrong this November.
LifeNews.com Note: Maria Gallagher is the Legislative Director and Political Action Committee Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and she has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.