Gov. Tom Wolf has been the main power stopping pro-life legislation from passing in Pennsylvania for the past several years.
And the abortion industry wants to keep it that way.
This week, Planned Parenthood announced plans to spend a record $1.5 million to support the pro-abortion governor for re-election, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
“He is a brick wall against efforts to roll back health care access and [abortion] rights of Pennsylvanians,” said Sari Stevens, director of the state pro-abortion PAC, Tribune Live reports.
She said re-electing Wolf is Planned Parenthood’s top priority in Pennsylvania. The money will be used for door-to-door canvassing, digital advertisements, phone calls and texts, Stevens said.
Wolf’s opponent is state Sen. Scott Wagner, a pro-life Republican.
Wolf has opposed even modest protections for unborn babies. In 2017, he vetoed legislation that would have protected unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions. In these second-trimester abortion procedures, unborn babies are torn limb from limb while their hearts are still beating. He also vetoed a 20-week abortion ban that would have protected pain-capable unborn babies from abortion, as well as unborn babies approaching the point of viability.
Most recently, Wolf said he will veto an anti-discrimination bill that would protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from abortions. The state Senate currently is considering the legislation; it passed the state House by a strong majority.
Here’s more from the report:
Stevens said Planned Parenthood would focus its efforts in Philadelphia’s collar counties, seeking to tap enthusiasm among voters, especially women, opposed to President Trump.
The group says its polling shows most voters in the Philadelphia suburbs have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood.
That “told us we had an incredibly unique role to play,” Stevens said. …
“It’s no surprise that Tom Wolf is setting records for donations taken from special interests,” said Andrew Romeo, spokesman for Wagner. “He is bought and paid for by those filling up his campaign coffers.” Wagner would ensure “lower health-care costs for Pennsylvanians,” Romeo said.
Wolf has close ties to the abortion industry. He used to volunteer as an abortion clinic escort. He also appointed several people from the Planned Parenthood abortion chain to his administration, including his chief of staff.
In 2015, former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards proudly told a Pennsylvania group that Wolf was the “first governor in the history of this country who is also a former Planned Parenthood escort.”
The Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood PAC also spent $1 million on Wolf’s campaign in 2014, according to the Inquirer.
At the national level, the abortion giant said it will spend about $20 million to back pro-abortion Senate candidates in the mid-term elections. Republicans narrowly hold the U.S. Senate. However, they have too few votes to overcome filibusters on key pro-life bills such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Just a few more pro-life wins in the Senate could see important pro-life legislation passed and conservative judges confirmed. A few losses could bring the pro-abortion Democratic Party back into power.