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Washington, DC –– Today, Planned Parenthood Votes is going up with a $1.1 million television ad buy alongside a $200,000 digital ad buy that educates Pennsylvania voters about Pat Toomey’s record. The ad, called “In  His Own Words,” highlights Pat Toomey's extreme policy agenda on abortion, quoting him from this interview with Chris Matthews where he said doctors that provide abortions should go to jail. The ad will run in the suburbs of Philadelphia.




In His Own Words” highlights how extreme Pat Toomey is on women's health care. Pat Toomey thinks that Roe v. Wade should be overturned and that abortion should be banned. Not only has he voted seven times to defund Planned Parenthood and block thousands of Pennsylvanians from birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers, but he has voted in support of a shutdown of the government to do so –– a position that many of his fellow Republicans opposed. Planned Parenthood health centers provides critical care to 90,000 Pennsylvanians every year.


Quote from Deirdre Schifeling, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Votes:


“Pat Toomey has taken positions radically out of step from the people in his state. Pat Toomey wants to ban abortion,  put doctors who provide abortion in jail, and has voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Pat Toomey is just too extreme for Pennsylvania voters. People in Pennsylvania want women to have access to essential health care, but Pat Toomey would take that health care away. Women in Pennsylvania cannot afford another 6 years of Pat Toomey.”


Defunding Planned Parenthood is incredibly unpopular. A survey conducted in 2015 shows that 69 percent of voters in the battleground state of Pennsylvania strongly support Planned Parenthood, and oppose Toomey's position to defund the organization. Additionally, the survey found that a majority of voters in Pennsylvania would be less likely to support Senator Toomey for re-election as a result of his vote to defund Planned Parenthood. And it's not just Pennsylvania. Fourteen separate national polls conducted since last June show strong support for Planned Parenthood and extraordinarily strong opposition to blocking patients from care at Planned Parenthood health centers.


Planned Parenthood political and advocacy organizations collectively plan to spend an unprecedented $30 million in this election cycle, with a focus on the presidential race and five key Senate races, including Pennsylvania, to make sure voters know where the candidates stand on women’s health.


This is the second ad campaign Planned Parenthood Votes has run against Pat Toomey.


Watch here


Script for “In His Own Words”





Senator Pat Toomey in his own words…

Pat Toomey: I would support legislation in Pennsylvania that would ban abortion

Toomey: Ban Abortion

Pat Toomey: and I would suggest we have penalties for doctors who perform them”

Toomey Penalties For Doctors

Chris Matthews: Would you put people in jail for performing abortions?

Would you put people in jail for performing abortions?

Senator Pat Toomey: “At some point doctors performing abortions I think would be subject to that sort of penalty.”


Planned Parenthood Votes is responsible for the content of this advertising because Pat Toomey would throw doctors in jail and ban abortion. That’s dangerous for women, dangerous for doctors, and dangerous for Pennsylvania.

Pat Toomey: Dangerous to Women All Across Pennsylvania