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. Today, our nominees for U.S. Senate weigh in.
If you are a candidate for public office in Pennsylvania and would like to participate, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Mehmet Oz (R)
“Dr. Oz is pro-life and believes in three exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and saving the life of the mother. He believes that abortion laws should be decided by individual states without a role from the federal government.” —Brittany Yanick, Communications Director for Dr. Oz for Senate.
John Fetterman (D)
The Fetterman campaign chose not to respond.
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