After reading James O’Toole’s Jan. 2 article “Schwartz Most Recognizable Democrat in Governor’s Race,” I felt compelled to write a response. Mr. O’Toole was honest enough to state that Ms. Schwartz ran an abortion clinic. For 13 years, she presided over the poorly named Elizabeth Blackwell Center, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. She was also a suffragette and a great, unremitting pro-life advocate who believed that life starts at conception.
Ms. Schwartz has not changed. She was not a co-sponsor of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act or the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, and she did not support the Stupak amendment to the Affordable Care Act, which would have barred people who receive federal subsidies for insurance from using the money to buy policies covering abortions. Ms. Schwartz even was a sponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act, which would have prohibited federal, state or local governments from imposing limits on a woman’s right to abortion.
Add to that the fact she was the president of an abortion clinic named after a pro-life icon, an exercise in foolishness if not hypocrisy, and that is reason enough to oppose Allyson Schwartz for governor.
We have progressed enough to turn back.
JOHN W. VALENTINE