By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Democrat Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania seems to be competing for the title of most pro-abortion Governor in the U.S.
The former Planned Parenthood clinic escort doubled down on his support for the abortion industry with a campaign appearance before abortion advocates this week.
While he talks about women having control over their own “health care,” Wolf remains one of the Keystone State’s leading apologists for Big Abortion. Wolf opposes any and all protections for preborn children. He famously stood against a popular proposed ban on dismemberment abortions, which would have stopped the gruesome practice in which living babies are torn limb by limb from their mothers’ wombs.
His staff has said he would also veto the Down Syndrome Protection Act, which would ban the abortion of preborn babies for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis. The bill won a solid veto-proof, bipartisan majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives earlier this year and is now awaiting action in the Pennsylvania Senate.
In sharp contrast, Wolf’s Republican challenger, former state Senator Scott Wagner, amassed an impressive 100 percent pro-life voting record while serving in the state legislature. Unlike Wolf, Wagner supports a ban on taxpayer funding of organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, which perform abortions. Wagner was also instrumental in ensuring that the state enforce abortion center health and safety regulations in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell tragedy in West Philadelphia.
Gosnell, who owned what was famously described as a “House of Horrors,” is serving three life sentences for deliberately delivering three babies alive and then “snipping” their spinal cords. Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar.
In a statement to television station NBC 10 in Philadelphia, the Wagner campaign said, “While Tom Wolf is being funded by a group that prioritizes abortions, and has vetoed pro-life bills on their behalf, Scott has a strong record standing up for the unborn in the Senate and will sign pro-life legislation as Governor.”
Wolf is endorsed by the political arm of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation. Wagner has won the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC.
NBC 10 rightly called this year’s election more important than ever. The contrast between the candidates for Governor is vast and crystal-clear. While mid-term elections are especially tough in Pennsylvania, pro-lifers are incredibly motivated to change the occupant in the Governor’s Office in 2018.
The lives of thousands of preborn children—and the well-being of their mothers—are at stake in this pivotal election year.