Where 2022 candidates for governor stand

Access to abortion has just become an even more central focus in the race for Pennsylvania’s next governor.

The nine Republicans running in the May 17 primary all support limiting or outright banning abortion in the state. The disclosure that a majority of the US Supreme Court supported the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade’s 1973 endorsement, which established a constitutional right to abortion, will intensify political debate in Pennsylvania ahead of an actual court ruling later this year.

Here’s what you should know about where the gubernatorial candidates stand on abortion access:

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democrats’ de facto nominee, had done so already campaigned as a bulwark against Republican efforts to restrict access to abortion.

He reinforced that rhetoric on Monday and Tuesday.

“The only way women will lose their rights in PA is if our Republican Legislature passes an abortion ban and a governor signs it off,” Shapiro tweeted Tuesday. “I will fight like hell and veto this bill.”

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Franklin County State Senator Doug Mastriano, who posed as the front runner in the Republican primary, remarked in a televised debate last week that the first law he introduced in Harrisburg three years ago would have banned abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

Abortions are currently legal under Pennsylvania law for up to approximately 24 weeks.

Mastriano said he would not allow exceptions for rape, incest or a danger to the life of the pregnant person. He also said he believes life begins at “conception” and “we have to work towards that,” signaling he would also support a total abortion ban.

Former US Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton, another GOP frontrunner, said he supports those three exceptions.

Citing his record in voting against access to abortion, Barletta said, “As governor, I would sign any legislation that came on my desk that would protect the life of the unborn child.”

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Former US Attorney Bill McSwain of West Chester also supports the three exceptions, saying, “There will be seats at the table in my administration” for anti-abortion activists.

Former Delaware County City Councilman Dave White rejected all exceptions.

“I believe in the sanctity of life and I would be a governor protecting life. No exceptions,” White said.

Mastriano, Barletta and White said a doctor who violates an abortion ban should be criminally held accountable. McSwain said that depends on how the law is written. Barletta and White said a pregnant person undergoing the procedure should be “counselled” and not prosecuted.

In another Republican debate two weeks ago, a candidate, Nche Zama, a retired Northampton County cardiothoracic surgeon, proposed a total abortion ban.

“I believe that life begins at conception,” Zama said. “We cannot wipe human lives.”

State Senate President Pro Tempore Center County’s Jake Corman announced his voting record in support of abortion restrictions and said he would support a ban after six weeks with the three exemptions.

Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale said he supports a total abortion ban and suggested recruiting key Republican challengers to run against anyone in the party who doesn’t support that position.

“I pray that Deer vs Wade will be lifted and power will be restored to the states,” Gale said.

Cumberland County political adviser Charlie Gerow, another candidate, has declared himself “unapologetically” against abortion and said he will sign a six-week ban.

And former US Rep. Melissa Hart noted “uniformity among candidates” on the issue in the Republican primary, also citing her voting record on abortion restrictions in the state Legislature and Congress.

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