By Maria Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Fresh from a stinging defeat in 2016, the pro-abortion political action committee known as EMILY’s List is setting its sights on Pennsylvania next year.
Pennsylvania was among the blue-turned-red states that helped propel pro-life President Donald Trump to the White House last year.
The Keystone state is also home to strong pro-life majorities in the state House of Representatives and the state Senate.
Now EMILY’s List is telling the news media it is working to flip both PA chambers to pro-abortion Democratic control.
A published report says PA is being targeted by the pro-abortion group because of common sense legislation such as a bill which would ban the brutal practice of dismemberment abortion, in which a living preborn baby is torn limb by limb from a mother’s womb. A statewide poll showed the ban actually has the support of a majority of Pennsylvanians, with the support higher among women than men.
Emily’s List is also upset by bills which would defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and would allow doctors to exercise their conscience rights to avoid participation in anti-life activities.
An official with Emily’s List is quoted as saying, “That is why EMILY’s List is recruiting an historic number of strong, pro-choice Democratic women leaders in 2018 to hold these Republican legislators accountable for their out-of-touch agenda and defeat them next year.”
The nerve of those pro-life Pennsylvania lawmakers—trying to protect conscience rights and trying to bar funding from an organization headed by people who casually discuss the harvesting of baby body parts while eating salad and sipping wine! It should also be noted that a number of those pro-life legislators are women—strong women who believe in empowering other women to help them make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families.
Of course, Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood have a reliable ally in pro-abortion Governor Tom Wolf, who has vowed to veto any pro-life legislation that crosses his desk. The Governor also holds the distinction of once having served as a volunteer escort at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility.
Research indicates that, among voters who select abortion as their number-one issue, the pro-life side has an electoral advantage.
That proved to be the case in Pennsylvania in 2016. There is little to indicate it won’t be the case again in 2018.