Letter from the “Local Political Leaders” of Pennsylvania

Dear Voters of Pennsylvania:

We the undersigned “local political leaders” write with serious concern regarding the candidacy of Dr. Mehmet Oz for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat. As local elected officials and leaders in our communities across the commonwealth, we strongly object to Oz’s statement in the U.S. Senate debate on October 25th that restrictions on Pennsylvania women’s abortion rights should be decided by “local political leaders.”

Let’s be clear: local elected leaders like us have no business getting in between a woman and her doctor — especially when it comes to some of the most personal and private health care decisions someone can make. The idea that “local political leaders” should have an equal say in a woman’s decision about how, when, and if to start a family is deeply disturbing and out of touch.

Dr. Oz’s position is especially dangerous at a time when the Republican nominee to be Pennsylvania’s next Governor, State Senator Doug Mastriano, supports a total ban on abortion — with no exceptions for rape, incest, or even life of the mother — and has even said that women who violate his proposed ban should be charged with murder. Dr. Oz has endorsed and campaigned with Mastriano.

This is part of a troubling pattern of anti-abortion extremism from Dr. Oz, who has previously called abortion “murder” at any stage of pregnancy, argued that “Roe was wrongly decided,” and celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision overturning abortion rights this summer. Dr. Oz has also repeatedly refused to rule out supporting U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s extreme legislation to ban abortion nationwide.

Unlike Dr. Oz, Lt. Governor John Fetterman has always stood up for women’s health and reproductive freedom. In the Senate, John would vote to restore abortion rights and codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. He knows these decisions belong with women and their doctors, NOT local politicians — and not politicians in Washington, either.

The future of abortion rights and women’s freedom is on the line in this race. We urge the voters of Pennsylvania to reject Dr. Mehmet Oz’s dangerous views on banning abortion by inserting “local political leaders” like Doug Mastriano in between a woman and her doctor.

Sincerely,

“Local Political Leaders” of Pennsylvania

  1. Jay Costa, State Senate Minority Leader, State Senator, District 43

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John Fetterman

Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. Candidate, United States Senate 2022. Running to be that 51st Vote. 🇺🇸