As Roe v. Wade Hangs in Balance, Where Do Candidates Stand?

As we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, what are the official positions of Pennsylvania’s candidates for statewide office on abortion rights? What do they believe and what will they do for the Commonwealth, if elected?

Here is a copy of the leaked draft opinion from February.

Mehmet OzMehmet Oz: “I’m pro-life. Life begins at conception. That’s how I feel.” He also commented on the leaked draft of the SCOTUS opinion: “The Court is right. Roe was wrongly decided. Abortion laws should be left up to the American people and their elected representatives. I look forward to supporting pro-life legislation that saves innocent lives in the U.S. Senate.”

John FettermanJohn Fetterman: “A woman’s right to choose is a sacred one and that would be one of the first litmus tests I would impose on anyone. It is a fundamental right that cannot change and must endure in this country.” “Democrats have to act quickly – get rid of the filibuster to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act + finally codify Roe into law,” he tweeted on the leaked SCOTUS opinion. “We cannot afford to wait.”

Doug MastrianoDoug Mastriano: “There is no greater issue in our generation than the right to life. That’s why I introduced the heartbeat bill as a senator. In 2022, we deny science that we’re still told it’s a blob of tissue in a woman’s womb. You know, my body my choice is ridiculous nonsense. The whole abortion movement is based off of old science. Now we know at six weeks, there’s a heartbeat. You hear a life. I believe that life begins at conception.” His website states that he will sign the Heartbeat Bill legislation (SB 378) into law, while also ending any state funding to Planned Parenthood.

Josh ShapiroJosh Shapiro: His website states, “Abortion is health care. As Governor, Josh will defend access to reproductive health care — and continue to defend a woman’s right to choose in Pennsylvania. In the face of unprecedented attacks against the right to choose, Josh will be the last line of defense for Pennsylvanians — he will veto any bill that would restrict abortion rights, and he will expand access to reproductive care.” His tweet after the leaked SCOTUS opinion was four words: “Her body, her choice.”

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  1. If “life begins at conception” as Mehmet Oz proclaims he believes, then why don’t miscarriage fetuses get names, birth and death certificates, and burials?

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