A Win for Women's Health in Pennsylvania
On Tuesday, advocates for women’s health scored crucial victories in Pennsylvania primaries, overwhelmingly rejecting the attacks on women’s health by far-right lawmakers this session.
In the most exciting victory, former Planned Parenthood employee Erin Molchany defeated anti-women’s health candidate Mark Schmotzer in House District 22. Molchany won the Democratic primary by a significant margin.
Pennsylvanian women scored another victory in Reading where Mark Rozzi, the only pro-choice candidate in the Democratic primary, handily beat two anti-choice opponents. And Madeleine Dean, who made support for women’s health care a cornerstone of her campaign, was elected to fill the vacant Montgomery County Commissioner seat.
Victories were not held to Democratic primaries, with pro-choice Republican Representative Duane Milne defeating his far-right challenger in Chester County House District 167. And in Cumberland/York, Senator Pat Vance decisively defeated her Republican challenger by 14 points after being attacked for months by far-right national organizations.
Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC played a significant role in all these races, working to communicate with women voters on the issues they care about most and holding candidates accountable for their dangerous views on women's health.
This week’s victories send an important message that politicians should keep politics out of the deeply personal decisions a woman makes in consultation with her family, her faith, and her doctor.
The victories also show that widespread support for women’s health care cuts across political labels. In fact, out of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC’s 250,000 statewide supporters, nearly 50 percent are Independent or Republican.
These primary election results are a clear illustration of the impact that support for women's health care can have in an election.