Senate Republicans Gerald Cardinale, Joseph Pennacchio, Steven Oroho, Michael Doherty, and Anthony Bucco issued the following joint statement on why they voted against a ceremonial resolution commemorating Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary.
Sens. Cardinale, Pennacchio, Oroho, Doherty and Bucco voted against a ceremonial resolution commemorating Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary.
“The members of this legislative body should not be bullied into collectively and unanimously supporting a ceremonial resolution that is so divisive.
“Surely, Senate Democrats knew that there were a number of staunch pro-life advocates in this house that could not in good conscience support an organization that performs abortions and illegally sells and transports human body parts, among other atrocities that violate the sanctity of human life.
“We cannot ignore the fact that Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger, a well-documented racist, bigot, segregationist and self-proclaimed eugenist who advocated for using birth control and abortion to eradicate minorities from our population. Sanger shared many values with the Ku Klux Klan and yet today Planned Parenthood sets up shop in minority communities. How can anyone support an organization with this sordid history?
“Not everyone shares the belief that Planned Parenthood is acting in the best interest of the women and families who seek out their services. It was particularly upsetting that Father Tom Ganley, a catholic priest, was in the chamber having just given the invocation. The Senate owes him an apology.
“We stand by on our NO vote and hope that in the future, the Senate Majority will not use ceremonial resolutions in this deliberately irresponsible and misleading manner.”