By Maria Gallagher, PAC Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
The Keystone State’s closely-watched May 15th primaries resulted in pro-life victories at both the state and federal levels.
Twenty-nine out of the 30 state House and Senate candidates endorsed by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Political Action Committee won their races. The high victory rate shows that Pennsylvania is home to many solid pro-life office holders who continue to succeed at the polls.
State senator Scott Wagner, who has a 100% pro-life voting record, secured the GOP nomination for Governor. The other two candidates in the Republican primary–political newcomers Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth–also had solid pro-life positions. Wagner will take on pro-abortion Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in the fall.
In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, businessman Jeff Bartos beat out a crowded GOP field to win his party’s nomination. On the Democratic side, pro-abortion candidate John Fetterman beat incumbent Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, along with a number of other pro-abortion candidates.
Stack once had a pro-life position as a legislator, but when he sought higher office he flip-flopped and embraced abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
At the federal level, pro-life Congressman Lou Barletta bested fellow Republican state legislator Jim Christiana to win the chance to try to unseat Democratic Senator Bob Casey.
Casey’s pro-life record in the 115th Congress is 0% — even voting against protecting babies who can feel excruciating pain during abortion. As such, his legislative record sharply contrasts with the courageous pro-life policies of his celebrated father, the late Robert Casey, Sr.
Casey, Sr. served as the 42nd Governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995 and achieved acclaim for standing firm on his pro-life position despite opposition from national Democratic Party officials who refused to allow him to speak at the 1992 Democratic National Convention.
Pennsylvania politics has been turned upside down as a result of Congressional redistricting. The new district lines, which were determined by a pro-abortion state Supreme Court, have caused confusion for many voters. Indeed, some Pennsylvanians showed up at the polls this week not knowing the names on their Congressional ballots. The redistricting is making it an especially challenging year for pro-life Pennsylvania candidates.
But it is times just like these that pro-lifers must and will step up to help pro-life candidates.