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. We’ve already heard from our nominees for Pennsylvania Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, the PA General Assembly. Let’s hear what our nominees for Lieutenant Governor have to say.
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.
Austin Davis (D), Running with Josh Shapiro
I sit in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and have watched as my colleagues have passed bill after bill to restrict reproductive freedom in Pennsylvania. The only reason those bills have failed to become law is because of the veto pen of our Governor.
As Lieutenant Governor, I will proudly stand beside Josh Shapiro as he vetoes legislation that would further restrict Pennsylvanians’ fundamental freedoms. Let’s be clear: black maternal mortality is a crisis in Pennsylvania and further restricting a women’s right to choose will only put more black women in danger.
Josh and I have always fought to protect freedom and uphold Pennsylvania law, and will continue to do so in Harrisburg.
Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R), Running with Doug Mastriano
Carrie Lewis DelRosso chose not to respond this week.
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