By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director,
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
In spite of an incredibly challenging election year, pro-life candidates in Pennsylvania managed to achieve some key victories November 6th.
Following the contentious election, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, buoyed by bipartisan support for the pro-life cause, retains its pro-life majority. Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Senate also held onto its pro-life advantage.
Legislative Victories Ahead?
The legislative victories at the state level mean that pro-life legislation will continue to enjoy favor at the state capitol. In fact, many observers believe that the Keystone State will also be the cornerstone for rebuilding a culture of life in the U.S.
This is especially true in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell scandal. Gosnell was the West Philadelphia abortionist who murdered hundreds—if not thousands—of full-term babies by “snipping” their spinal cords after delivering them alive in a facility that’s been labeled a “House of Horrors.” Prosecutors could bring charges in only a handful of cases because Gosnell destroyed so many records. The serial killer was ultimately convicted of murdering three babies and causing the death of a female immigrant patient, Karnamaya Mongar.
The state legislature responded to the Gosnell tragedy by enacting a tough abortion center regulation law which requires annual, unannounced inspections of abortion centers. A half-dozen abortion facilities have closed their doors because they either could not or would not meet basic health and safety standards.
Rebounding from Gubernatorial Loss
Unfortunately, pro-abortion Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has been elected to another four-year term. Wolf opposes any and all restrictions on abortion. He previously volunteered as a clinic escort at a Planned Parenthood facility and continues to fundraise for the abortion giant, which commits more than 300,000 abortions across the U.S. each year.
Republican Scott Wagner, who is pro-life, lost his bid to unseat Wolf. Wolf’s victory makes it all the more important that we lobby for pro-life votes in the state legislature in order to stand up to the Governor and his pro-abortion policies.
U.S. Senate Delegation Remains the Same
U.S. Senator Bob Casey won re-election against pro-life Republican Congressman Lou Barletta, who has a 100% pro-life voting record in the 115th Congress,. Casey has an 80 percent pro-abortion voting record in the current Congress. Casey supports the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
Sadly, Casey opposed U.S. Supreme Court nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. In fact, he went on record opposing President Trump’s nominee even before Kavanaugh’s name was announced!
Senator Pat Toomey(R), who was not up for re-election this year, retains his seat in the U.S. Senate.
Pro-Life Candidates Rise to the Challenge of Redistricting
The new congressional districts in Pennsylvania represented a great challenge for pro-life candidates. This was not unexpected, since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court—which is dominated by pro-abortion Democrats—threw out the old Congressional map and replaced it with one placing pro-life candidates at a huge disadvantage. Still, pro-life candidates managed to secure nine of the 18 seats in PA’s Congressional delegation.
It is important for us to begin lobbying the new Congressional representatives so that they know that the pro-life issue matters to many of their constituents. We must be no less energetic than before in lobbying for legislation that protects pregnant women and their babies from the harm of abortion.
The Presidential Firewall
Fortunately, our pro-life President, Donald Trump, continues to fight for the right to life. The fact that Republicans enlarged their majority of the U.S. Senate is also good news for the President’s strict constructionist judicial nominees.
Thank You for Your Votes
We would like to extend to you our sincere gratitude for your dedication to voting for pro-life candidates. In the end, we will be victorious—and that’s good news for moms and babies in PA!