Planned Parenthood Spends $1.3 Million to Defeat Sen. Pat Toomey

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Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is a target of a $1.3 million ad buy by abortion business Planned Parenthood which hopes to unseat him this November because of what it calls his “extreme” views on abortion.

“Pat Toomey is like a termite –– you don’t realize that he’s busy eroding all your rights until your entire house falls down,” says Planned Parenthood Votes executive director Deirdre Schifeling. “Pat Toomey has systematically worked to block women from accessing birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers. He even tried to shut down the entire federal government to do so.”

The ad features clips from Toomey’s 2009 interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in which the Republican says he would support state legislation that bans abortion and subjects abortionists to penalties.

“Pat Toomey is just too extreme for Pennsylvania voters,” Schifeling adds, according to the Washington Times.

Planned Parenthood has become a major player in the 2016 election, scrambling on defense since last year when undercover journalists exposed its apparent practices of selling the body parts of babies it aborts on the open market and altering the position of babies during abortion in order to harvest their most intact organs.

The abortion business – which receives over a half billion dollars annually in taxpayer funds – has backed Hillary Clinton since the primary and is now spending $20 million to get her elected. Defending Planned Parenthood has become a plank in the Democrats’ platform this year as well, as Clinton and members of her party have vowed to repeal the longstanding Hyde Amendment, a provision that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. Additionally, Planned Parenthood announced a new campaign to register voters at all of its clinics, on college campuses, and online.

The abortion giant is vowing to spend $30 million to unseat several vulnerable Republicans in the Senate, including Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Toomey is running against Democrat and former environmental policy official Katie McGinty, whom Real Clear Politics says has a 2.6 percent edge over Toomey currently.

Planned Parenthood is joined in its attack by abortion political lobbying group Emily’s List. Says Emily’s List executive director Jessica O’Connell:

At every turn, Pat Toomey has blocked Pennsylvania women access to basic health care and kept Pennsylvania women from making their own decisions about their reproductive health. Pat Toomey opted to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood, which only shows just how far he’s willing to go to drive his dangerous, out of touch agenda.

State officials in Pennsylvania, however, allowed “house of horrors” abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell to run his clinic for years without oversight. Gosnell was found guilty of severing the spines of babies born alive after abortion and in the death of one of his patients.

The Toomey campaign is responding by observing it is McGinty who is the extremist when it comes to abortion.

“Pat Toomey’s record on abortion is the same as a majority of elected Pennsylvanians in Congress and the state legislature, while Katie McGinty’s view is so extreme that she would have taxpayers paying for any abortion for any reason during any time of pregnancy,” the campaign says.

Despite the abortion industry’s attempt to paint pro-life members of Congress as “anti-women,” a recent Marist poll shows an overwhelming consensus among Americans wanting significant restrictions placed on abortion – even among those Americans who say they are “pro-choice.”

The poll of 1,700 Americans found only 12 percent of participants said abortion should be “available to a woman any time during her pregnancy.” The survey was commissioned by Catholic charitable organization Knights of Columbus.

According to the survey, 81 percent of Americans favor some kind of restriction, including limits on abortion after the first three months, as well as a ban on public funding of abortion.


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