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A year of surprises, of social distancing and isolation, 2020 is also a pivotal year for politics

by | May 6, 2020

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

I remember when I was new to the pro-life movement. A statewide election was approaching, and I was desperate to find out whether a candidate for the state Supreme Court was, in fact, pro-life.

I knew the news media would not be the most reliable source—after all, I was a member of it, and I saw that my fellow reporters devoted scant attention to the life issues.

And so I turned to a chapter of National Right to Life. When I called, I was immediately impressed with the level of knowledge imparted by the chapter leader on the other end of the line. I knew I had found a source par excellence.

I try to keep that experience in mind now that I am the political action committee director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the Pennsylvania affiliate of National Right to Life. Around this time of year, as the June 2nd primary approaches, our office is flooded with calls, emails, and Facebook messages, from individuals eager to know where the candidates stand on the life issues.

And so we comb through questionnaires and YouTube videos, Facebook pages and Twitter posts, trying to ascertain as much information as we possibly can about the candidates vying for Pennsylvanians’ votes. The process is as rewarding as it is exhaustive, and represents countless staff person-hours of research and interviews. 

This year’s Pennsylvania primary is unusual in two respects. For one thing, the COVID-19 crisis caused its delay—it was originally set for April 28th. For another, it marks the first time voters can cast their ballots by mail for any reason—or just because they prefer not to go to the polls this year. (You can find information on how to vote by mail in Pennsylvania at www.votespa.com .)

In addition to casting votes for President, Pennsylvania voters will be voting for Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer—not to mention Congress, the state House of Representatives, and half the state Senate.

Pennsylvania remains a pivotal state in this year’s Presidential sweepstakes. The Keystone State was largely credited with helping businessman Donald J. Trump beat the odds and win the White House in 2016. With its contingent of blue collar swing voters, it is once again considered a battleground state this year.

2020 has turned out to be a year of surprises, of social distancing and isolation. But it is also a pivotal year for politics. The outcome of the primary and general election, in Pennsylvania and across the U.S., will signal whether public policy will promote the cause of life—or undermine it.

Let us move forward, then, in a spirit of victory, knowing that our cause is just and our work key to making America safe for babies and their mothers!

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