By Dave Andrusko
You would expect Planned Parenthood’s political arm to pour money into the campaign coffers of a prominent pro-abortion governor. And it wouldn’t surprise you that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) would be a particular darling of the nation’s largest abortion provider. After all, Wolf, running for a second term against pro-life former state Senator Scott Wagner, previously served as a Planned Parenthood clinic “escort.”
So it was hardly a surprise this morning when WESA—Pittsburgh’s NPR News station–reported that PPFA’s political arm planned to “invest” $2.5 million in the race.
Reporter Lucy Perkins wrote today that “According to the Planned Parenthood PAC, that’s the largest-ever investment the organization has spent in any state on a midterm race.”
“We need to turn our legislature into a body that supports reproductive rights and health,” said Sari Stevens, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. She said Gov. Wolf is the backstop to protect reproductive healthcare in the state for another four years.
Stevens explained that at least part of the money would pull double duty:
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.”
There are contrasts and there are contrasts like Wolf and Wagner. As Maria Gallagher, PAC director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, has explained, Wolf remains one of the Keystone State’s leading apologists for Big Abortion. She wrote
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 enforces 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.