Pennsylvania

Senator Pat Toomey

Republican, Incumbent

 

Senator Pat Toomey has voted against the interests of Pennsylvania women long enough. He wants to ban abortion,jail doctors for providing abortion services, and see Roe v. Wade overturned — policy positions that allow ideological politicians to insert themselves into a woman’s most private and personal decisions.

He also wants to make it harder for women to access contraception and receive unbiased and judgement-free health care.

It’s not just birth control, and it’s not just health care. Toomey also wants to tell women what they can wear, and who they can love. For a number of years, Toomey served on the board of Yorktown University, an online, for-profit school that “offered courses that railed against political correctness, feminism, egalitarianism and multiculturalism.”

One of the lectures offered by the school warned parents of the “dangers” of gender study programs. It warned that if young women takes gender studies classes, she “will distance herself from family and friends. Your daughter will change her appearance, and may even change her sexual orientation.”

Toomey has tried to downplay his involvement in the school, but this is the same patronizing style that he’s used to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers, and to push harmful policies that restrict access to the full range of health care services.

Facts:

  • Toomey has voted multipletimes against the Paycheck Fairness Act.

  • As a U.S. representative, Toomey voted against requiring federal employee health insurance plans to cover prescription contraception.

  • Toomey cosponsored and voted for the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed employer and health insurance companies to refuse to provide coverage for any essential health care service that they objected to on the basis of religious belief or moral convictions.

Pat Toomey's Opponent: Katie McGinty (D)

We can count on Katie to stand with the millions of women and men who want to leave the most personal and private health care decisions out of Congress’s reach.

 

“I think states should be free to restrict abortion, and I would support legislation in Pennsylvania that would ban abortion, and I would suggest that we have penalties for doctors who perform them if we were able to pass that law.”

— Pat Toomey

Wants to “Defund” Planned Parenthood

Toomey has voted to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers seven times. Even though his votes to “defund” have spanned the six years that he has been in the Senate, more recently, Toomey fully embraced the lies about Planned Parenthood perpetuated by the discredited videos from anti-abortion extremists. Even though a.) the creator of the videos was indicted on a felony charge, and b.) every investigation has shown that Planned Parenthood has never sold fetal tissue, Toomey insists on blocking patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Let’s talk about the consequences:

  • In Pennsylvania, over 90,000 patients got care at Planned Parenthood health centers in 2014. That includes almost 70,000 female birth control patients; more than 145,000 STI tests; and more than 9,500 breast exams.

  • Nationwide, over 1 million people would be cut off of birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment every year if senators like Toomey got their way.

It makes sense that polling shows 69% of Pennsylvania votersoppose “defunding” Planned Parenthood. It makes absolutely no sense that Toomey continues to ignore this at the expense of millions of patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for care.

 

“I think Roe v. Wade was mistakenly determined and I would support its repeal.” — Pat Toomey

Wants to Get Between You and Your Birth Control

Toomey has incorrectly referred to emergency contraception like Plan B as “abortion-inducing pills.” So it shouldn’t be surprising that he called the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision (which allows employers to deny their employees birth control) “great news” and said the ACA’s birth control benefit (which has ensured that more than 55 million women have access to no-copay birth control) was “ill-conceived.”

Toomey has been reckless as a U.S. senator, voting systematically to restrict reproductive health and rights. Women in Pennsylvania deserve better.