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Pennsylvania will be one of the fiercest battleground states in the Presidential race, and a key to winning the White House

by | Oct 23, 2020

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

“Get out the pro-life vote” efforts are intensifying in the Keystone State, where much is at stake in this year’s hotly-contested election.

Pennsylvania is considered one of the fiercest battleground states in the Presidential race, and a key to winning the White House.

But in addition to efforts to ensure that the Commonwealth’s 20 electoral votes go to pro-life President Donald J. Trump, pro-life advocates are working feverishly to elect good, strong pro-life allies up and down the ballot.

Pro-life Republican Heather Heidelbaugh is taking on incumbent pro-abortion Democrat Josh Shapiro for the Attorney General’s slot. Shapiro is known for taking the Little Sisters of the Poor to court in a closely-watched religious liberty case. The AG lost at the U.S. Supreme Court, but pro-abortion Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has vowed to take the Little Sisters to court yet again in an effort to make them pay for drugs which conflict with their religious beliefs.

The fate of the leadership of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania state Senate also rests in voters’ hands. The PA House and Senate currently hold pro-life majorities. But the pro-abortion interest group known as Emily’s List recently announced it was spending $1 million more to try to unseat veteran pro-life state lawmakers in Pennsylvania.

Pro-life advocates are also working hard to hold onto pro-life seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Incumbent pro-life Congressmen Daniel Meuser (PA-09), Scott Perry (PA-10), Lloyd Smucker (PA-11), Fred Keller (PA-12), John Joyce (PA-13), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), Glenn Thompson (PA-15), and Mike Kelly (PA-16) are all in the midst of valiant efforts to retain their offices.

Analysts predict turnout will be the key to the election results in Pennsylvania. Mail-in balloting has already started, but experts predict the majority of pro-life voters will cast their ballots in person on November 3rd.    

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