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FIRST ON FOX: Kathy Barnette, an aspiring candidate in the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary running against Trump-backed Mehmet Oz and former Treasury Secretary David McCormick, is being targeted by pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and their six-figure increase will be received by partners super PAC, Women Speak Out PAC.
SBA List – which endorsed Barnette on Monday – will launch a six-figure digital ad campaign in Pennsylvania to support the nominee, who is a veteran and author. The ad is designed to pit Barnette against John Fetterman, the presumptive Democratic nominee. The ad is part of a $2.3 million campaign against Fetterman, much of which supports Barnette.
“Kathy Barnette is a courageous advocate for life with a deeply compelling personal storySBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement announcing the ad purchase. “In stark contrast, John Fetterman is on the side of the Biden-Schumer Democrats who are pushing for universal abortion-to-birth nationwide.”
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“Fetterman can’t name a single abortion limit he supports, even calling abortion ‘sacred,'” Dannenfelser added, citing a tweet in which Fetterman wrote, “The right to an abortion is sacred.”
“At a pivotal time in life, Pennsylvanians deserve a senator who will fight for their values and not betray them to the abortion lobby,” the president added to the SBA list. “That’s why we’re excited to support a pro-life champion like Kathy Barnette and urge Republican primary voters to support her next week.”
In the statement, Dannenfelser also said her ground team visited over 200,000 homes of Keystone State voters “to educate them on the stakes of this year’s election and the importance of voting in life.”
“Barnette will fight Democrat-choice abortion through the birth agenda,” the ad reads.
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Following the unprecedented leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on the crackdown on Roe v. Wade (1973)—an opinion that does not necessarily reflect the court’s current position and is not definitive—Congress Democrats rushed to push the Women’s Health Protection Act. a bill to codify abortion law. This law would protect abortion during all nine months of pregnancy.
Barnette has emerged as the main contender in recent weeks, drawing level with Oz and McCormick. The latest Fox News poll showed the three were statistically even, with Oz ahead at 22%, McCormick in second place at 20%, and Barnette just behind at 19%. Another 18% of likely primary voters said they remained undecided. In March, Barnette trailed McCormick (24%) and Oz (15%) with just 9%.
At a pivotal debate last Tuesday, Barnette opened up about her personal story of being conceived in a rape.
“I’m the by-product of being raped,” Barnette explained. “My mother was 11 years old when I was conceived. My father was 21. I wasn’t just a clump of cells. As you can see, I’m still not just a clump of cells. My life has value.”
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The other Republican candidates have also run on pro-life platforms, although Barnette, McCormick and others attacked Oz for his support for abortion in a 2019 interview in The Breakfast Club. Contrary to what he said in this interview, Oz stated during the debate that he believes life begins at conception.
The Pennsylvania Republicans will vote for their nominee on May 17th.