Pennsylvania Senate: Where do Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty Stand on Abortion?

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

toomeyendorsementgraphicreEvery election year, National Right to Life publishes downloadable comparison flyers about the various Senate candidates. The downloadable version for Pennsylvania’s “Where do the Senate Candidates Stand on Life?” is available here.

The candidates have very different views on abortion. Here is an overview of their positions on abortion-related issues.

Abortion on Demand

Pat Toomey is pro-life. He opposes abortion on demand, and supports protection for unborn children.

Pat Toomey co-sponsored and voted to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation to protect unborn children who can feel pain by prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

In contrast, Katie McGinty supports a policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason.

Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act

Pat Toomey supports the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act, a bill to ban a common and brutal method of abortion in which the living unborn child is torn apart limb from limb.

Katie McGinty recently wrote an opinion piece in which she states her opposition to efforts in Pennsylvania to ban dismemberment abortions.

Government Funding for Abortion Providers

Pat Toomey voted for passage of a budget reconciliation bill (H.R.3762) that would defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Katie McGinty pledged to fight to continue providing government funds to abortion providers.

Obama’s Health Care Law

Pat Toomey voted to repeal Obamacare, including the provision that has resulted in federal funding of about 1,000 health plans that pay for elective abortion. He is committed to reversing the abortion-expanding and rationing effects of that law.

In contrast, Katie McGinty supports Obamacare, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion on demand, and imposes rationing of lifesaving medical care.

A downloadable version of the Pennsylvania Senate comparison flyer may be found here.

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