Altmire Hits Critz for Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood
The mail piece went to voters across the 12th congressional district.
“The political war being waged by extremists treats women as second-class citizens,” he wrote. “That’s why I stood up to extremists and voted against their plan to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.”
Critz voted in favor of an April 2011 measure – pushed by House Republicans – that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding. PP funding supporters, like Altmire, note that the organization provides a range of health care assistance. Opponents argue that no taxpayer dollars should go to an organization that provides abortion, even if funds are earmarked for other non-abortion services.
The issue plays against the broader backdrop of a race where each candidate tried to portray himself as more liberal – after winning general elections on the basis of being conservative.
Check out the full piece over at North Pittsburgh Politics.