The abortion chain Planned Parenthood is spending its biggest amount yet to back Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for re-election.
NPR Pittsburgh reports the pro-abortion PAC plans to spend $2.5 million to support Wolf, the largest amount it has ever spent on any state midterm race.
With pro-life majorities in both state houses, the abortion industry is desperate to keep the pro-abortion governor in office. Sari Stevens, executive director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, told NPR that Wolf has been the backstop against pro-life legislation in Pennsylvania.
“We need to turn our legislature into a body that supports reproductive rights and health,” Stevens said.
Wolf has stopped several strongly supported pro-life bills from becoming law, including a bill to prohibit late-term abortions after 20 weeks. Late-term abortion bans have strong public support, and the United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, a fact confirmed by the Washington Post fact checker.
His veto also stopped legislation that would have prohibited brutal dismemberment abortions that tear nearly fully formed unborn babies limb from limb while their hearts are beating.
More recently, Wolf said he also would veto a bill to prohibit discriminatory abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome. Under current Pennsylvania law, a woman can have an abortion before 24 weeks of pregnancy for any reason except sex selection. State House Bill 2050 would expand that exception to include a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
His Republican challenger state Sen. Scott Wagner is pro-life, and has a 100-percent pro-life voting record in the state Senate.
Planned Parenthood admitted that it is focusing on the governor because it won’t win pro-abortion majorities in the state House or Senate.
According to the report:
Stevens says a portion of the $2.5 million will go into door-knocking in the state legislative districts where Planned Parenthood-backed candidates are running.
“We’re hoping to win one or two, potentially three [state] Senate districts where we’ll have a pro-choice member replace an anti-choice member,” Stevens said. “And somewhere in the ballpark of about 10 House districts. That’s not going to get us to a pro-choice majority, but it’s a very good start.”
Wolf, who used to volunteer at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, has maintained a close relationship with the largest abortion provider in America. He has made frequent visits to Planned Parenthood facilities, and, early in his administration, appointed one of the abortion group’s board members as his chief of staff.
The AP described him as a “staunch supporter of abortion rights.”
In contrast, his Republican challenger has voted consistently in favor of pro-life legislation. Wagner said he would support the Down syndrome protection law and other pro-life legislation.