The founder and former director of an abortion business confirmed today she plans to run for governor in the state of Pennsylvania, against a pro-life incumbent.
Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz indicated today she has decided to run for governor of Pennsylvania, joining a field of other Democrats seeking to defeat pro-life Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014.
Politico has more details on a poll from a pro-abortion group that sparked her interest:
Emboldened by a private primary poll commissioned by EMILY’s List, Schwartz has hired Obama campaign veteran Reesa Kossoff as communications director for her political operation and plans to open a state-level campaign account early next month, a source close to the five-term congresswoman said.
The EMILY’s List survey, conducted by veteran pollsters Jefrey Pollock and Joe Hickerson, tested Schwartz in a three-way primary against state Treasurer Rob McCord and former Rendell administration official Tom Wolf, in a nine-way contest headlined by 2010 Democratic Senate nominee Joe Sestak, and in an eight-way field that does not include Sestak.
In the latter survey, Schwartz led Sestak 18 percent to 15 percent with all other candidates finishing in single digits, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO that includes top-line results but not all of the data collected.
In the three-way hypothetical matchup, Schwartz led McCord 31 percent to 12 percent, with 7 percent favoring Wolf. After the 601 likely Democratic primary voters were read “positive” biographical summaries of the candidates, Schwartz’s advantage jumped to 58 percent to 14 percent for McCord and 8 percent for Wolf. In the nine-way ballot, Schwartz led Sestak 18 percent to 15 percent with all other candidates in single digits.
Schwartz has a 100-percent pro-abortion record in Congress, including votes against a ban on sex-selection abortions and a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion. Schwartz co-founded and served as the Executive Director of an abortion facility in Philadelphia for 13 years.
At one point, the Philadelphia Daily News reported, “18 lawsuits have been filed against Miss Allyson Schwartz’s clinic, including assault, battery, negligence, perforated bowels and uteruses.” The facility performed about 1,500 abortions in its final year of operation before declaring bankruptcy.
One fact that has gone unmentioned in all the media reports trumpeting Schwartz’s ascendancy is that Allyson Schwartz, besides having a perfect pro-abortion record in Congress, co-founded and acted as Executive Director of an abortion clinic in Philadelphia for 13 years (1975-1988).
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The clinic was called the Elizabeth Blackwell Center which is ironic because Blackwell, the first female physician in the U.S., was pro-life.
The clinic was not without its troubles. The Philadelphia Daily News quoted a call from a Republican candidate that detailed an assortment of lawsuits against the clinic:
“18 lawsuits have been filed against Miss Allyson Schwartz’s clinic, including assault, battery, negligence, perforated bowels and uteruses,” the woman said, “and even abortions performed without consent of her patients.
In 2002, the Blackwell clinic declared bankruptcy due to diminished demand for abortion and stiff competition in the area. In its last year, the center still performed about 1,500 abortions. According to the Daily News, the center derived its largest share of revenue from abortions.
Since Schwartz left the abortion business, she hasn’t forgotten her past. NARAL has consistently rated Schwartz a perfect 100 score. EMILY’s List, the radically pro-abortion PAC, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Schwartz, giving her campaign far more than any other organization. According to one site, EMILY’s List donated almost $500,000 to Schwartz.
In return, Schwartz voted against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, and the Stupak Amendment. Schwartz even sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which would have erased all federal, state, or local limitations on abortion up to an including the ninth month of pregnancy.