To the editor:
Like many other voters, I am concerned about the fact that one of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates for governor once ran an abortion business. Her response? Get over it.
Prior to her candidacy for governor this year, Allyson Schwartz co-founded and served as the executive director of an abortion facility in Philadelphia for 13 years. The facility she ran, the Elizabeth Blackwell Center, performed about 1,500 abortions in its final year of operation before declaring bankruptcy. When confronted about her past career during a recent interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, Schwartz responded by saying "I think we should stop worrying about that it's time for us to stop thinking about Pennsylvania as being so behind, because it's not ... Look, President Obama ran ads in Western Pennsylvania on Planned Parenthood. Now he didn't do that because he was a risk taker. He did it because he knew that Pennsylvanians across the state supported women's access to health services, including abortion."
I beg to differ with Mrs. Schwartz's words on several counts. First, how is abortion considered to be a part of "health services" when it's taking the life of an innocent human being? And for the record, it's easy being pro-choice when you're not the one being dismembered and killed. Second, Pennsylvania is not about promoting a culture of death and selfishness; it's about promoting a culture of life. One of the values in our state motto is "Virtue," and on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, that means something special to me. And third, I will not "stop worrying about it" as Allyson Schwartz contends. All the Democrats who are running for governor, including Tom Wolf and Rob McCord, are unequivocally pro-choice, and that is one of the reasons why I'll be voting for Gov. Corbett's re-election this year.
As a devout Catholic, the current leader of my Church - Pope Francis - said it best: "It is not 'progressive' to try to resolve problems by eliminating human life it is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day." It is an utter shame that people like Allyson Schwartz or Tom Wolf refuse to recognize this, but guess what? It will only come back to haunt them, mark my words.