Pennsylvania Candidate Allyson Schwartz on Running an Abortion Biz: “Stop Worrying About It”

State   Steven Ertelt   Apr 11, 2014   |   11:17AM    Harrisburg, PA

Concerned about the fact that gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz once ran an abortion business? She has a message for you: get over it.

Schwartz co-founded and served as the Executive Director of an abortion facility in Philadelphia for 13 years. The facility performed about 1,500 abortions in its final year of operation before declaring bankruptcy.

During an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, Schwartz told Keystone State voters to move on.

allysonschwartzDuring an hour-long session with the Editorial Board, Schwartz disputed the notion, prevalent in some Democratic political circles, that she would be vulnerable in a statewide general election because of her identification with abortion rights, dating back to her founding of a Philadelphia women’s health clinic in the 1970s.

“I think we should stop worrying about that,” Schwartz said, adding that support for access to abortion is the majority opinion in the state.

“It’s time for us to stop thinking about Pennsylvania as being so behind, because it’s not,” she said. “Look, President Obama ran ads in Western Pennsylvania on Planned Parenthood. Now he didn’t do that because he was a risk-taker. He did it because he knew that Pennsylvanians across the state supported women’s access to health services, including abortion.”

While running the abortion business, she may have referred women to gruesome late-term abortionist Kermi Gosnell, but repeatedly refused to say.

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Other area abortion clinics frequently referred women to Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic for abortions later than they would do. But the gubernatorial hopeful has been silent on whether hers did.