Welcome back to Broad + Liberty’s Candidate Spotlight Series! Each week, we reach out to candidates all across the Commonwealth up for election to public office — an equal number of Democrats and Republicans; incumbents and challengers. We ask one question per week about public policy pressing to you. Those who choose to respond will have their answers shared on our website. (Please see a special statement from the editors about unresponsive candidates.)
This week, nominees for public office across our great state will share their thoughts on abortion. Our nominees for U.S. Senate and General Assembly have already weighed in. Let’s see what our candidates for U.S. Congress have to say.
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This week’s question: For decades, Roe v. Wade provided the context for whether one identified as pro-life or pro-choice. However, the Dobbs decision has scrambled these traditional lines. Pro-life individuals now grapple with what exceptions on abortion they accept, and pro-choice individuals question at what stage in a pregnancy termination is acceptable. Given this new construct, please articulate your personal position on abortion, the role of the federal and state legislatures going forward, and what exceptions you would support regardless of whether you consider yourself to be pro-life or pro-choice.
David Galluch (R), Running for U.S. Congress, District 5
The U.S. Supreme Court, in its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturned Roe v. Wade and returned authority to the states in regulating abortion.
I understand how divisive this issue can be, as well as the deeply held beliefs those on both sides of the issue harbor. As the husband of a wife who is adopted, and a friend and family member of several women who have had medically necessary abortions, I have heard these deeply held beliefs firsthand. I am a pro-life candidate, but I believe in exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother, and I would not support legislation that would eliminate these exceptions. I stand with the vast majority of Americans who support commonsense limitations.
Most Americans do not identify with partisan labels, but want to see abortion safe, legal, and rare up until a specific point and by exception after that. With these facts in hand, it falls upon us to have a conversation and come to a consensus through our state lawmakers.
David Galluch’s opponent, Mary Gay Scanlon, chose not to respond.
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