Abortion Gets Heavy Attention In Pennsylvania Senate Race

Oct 23, 2016

U.S. Senate Candidates Democrat Katie McGinty and Republican Pat Toomey sparred in a televised debate earlier this week.
Credit Margaret J. Krauss

The battle to persuade swing voters in Pennsylvania's close U.S. Senate race includes a heavy emphasis on abortion rights.

This week it's bringing the presidents of Planned Parenthood and NARAL to moderate southeastern Pennsylvania to campaign for Democrat Katie McGinty.

McGinty supports abortion rights, and her allies have spent millions on TV ads attacking Republican incumbent Pat Toomey's record. Toomey opposes abortion rights, with exceptions for rape, incest and saving the life of the mother.

He's also voted to halt federal payments to Planned Parenthood.

Ilyse Hogue of NARAL says the issue's gotten new momentum, partly because of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments about women.

Michael McMonagle of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania says his side doesn't have the cash to match, but they're distributing voter guides around Pennsylvania.