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PP’s Political Arm unsuccessfully attacks one of its own for daring to vote for abortion clinic regulations

by | May 30, 2014


By Maria Gallagher Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Pennsylvania State Rep. Margo Davidson

Pennsylvania State Rep. Margo Davidson

One race in Pennsylvania shows just how radically out-of-kilter the pro-abortion political machine is—even in a state that seems to bleed blue during Presidential election years.

State Representative Margo Davidson would seem to fit the profile of the ideal Planned Parenthood candidate. Energetic, attractive, African-American Northeasterner, who steadfastly supports Roe v. Wade.

And yet, Planned Parenthood’s political arm did not rise in support—in fact, the PAC waged an all-out assault against her, endorsing instead a pro-abortion man running to replace her (and decrease the female count in the state legislature in the process).

While bemoaning a so-called War on Women, abortion advocates staged a rhetorical war on this woman.


Because she dared to vote for a bill that would ensure that abortion centers that had not been inspected in 15 years finally would be forced to put out the welcome mat to unannounced health inspectors.

This was not a casual vote for Rep. Davidson, who represents a heavily Democratic area just outside Philadelphia. She lost her cousin to abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s rampage—one of the adult women killed in the place prosecutors described as a House of Horrors.

Semika Shaw, only 22 years old and a mother of three, died after her uterus was perforated under Gosnell’s “abortion care.”

In the searing documentary 3801 Lancaster, which chronicles Gosnell’s terrorizing escapades, Rep. Davidson notes she was the only member of the Pennsylvania House directly touched by the Gosnell tragedy. Davidson recalled thinking with regard to Semika, “What do you mean she’s gone?”

To Planned Parenthood’s way of thinking, Rep. Davidson also committed the unforgiveable sin of voting against taxpayer funding of abortion—even though she was joined by 143 of her House colleagues and had the support of the vast majority of the public in voting for House Bill 818.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the voting booth. A sizeable number of Democrats in the 164th district stood behind Rep. Davidson and ignored the protestations of Planned Parenthood’s PAC. Davidson beat Planned Parenthood’s man by eleven percentage points in the recent spring primary.

Again, Rep. Davidson does not self-identify as pro-life and made it clear she did not want the endorsement of a pro-life organization. She simply cast votes on behalf of her constituents and in memory of her cousin.

The furor with which Planned Parenthood fought her exposes the radical nature of the abortion industry and its promoters. And they proved themselves quite anti-woman in this particular case.

But Planned Parenthood ultimately lost, and that says a great deal about the wisdom of Pennsylvania voters. Planned Parenthood’s “values”—abortion on demand, for any reason, at any cost–are not theirs.

Editor’s note. See also Semika Shaw: the other woman who died at Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic.

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