With less than two months to go until Election Day, Pennsylvania’s Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and current Lt. Governor John Fetterman rallied with other elected officials to defend reproductive rights in the state.
The “Women For Fetterman Rally” at Montgomery County Community College on Sunday focused on the importance of the candidate’s pro-abortion rights stance in the November elections.
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, abortion rights in many states across the country were overturned.
Lt. Governor Fetterman is running against Republican candidate and political newcomer Dr. Mehmet Oz to replace outgoing Senator Pat Toomey.
In May, Oz said abortion at any stage of pregnancy is “still murder” according to audio obtained by NBC News.
Fetterman told his supporters that sending him to the U.S. Senate will mean an extra vote towards codifying Roe v. Wade.
“This decision, should [it] be made up to Dr. Oz, or to a woman and a real doctor to choose? If every abortion is a murder, that means Dr. Oz considers every woman who had to choose an abortion is a killer,” Fetterman said.
In Pennsylvania, abortions are legal through the 23rd week of pregnancy, and after that if the patient’s life or health is in danger. Medical abortions and in-clinic procedure abortions are both still legal.
According to a poll from the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of Pennsylvanians say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. A recent Franklin and Marshall College poll shows 52% say abortion should legal under certain circumstances while 37% say it should be legal under any circumstances. 59% opposed amending the state Constitution to say there is no constitutional right to an abortion.
Last Wednesday, Fetterman agreed to one debate with his opponent. Oz has been pressuring Fetterman for weeks and aggressively questioning the severity of his lingering health problems from a stroke Fetterman suffered in May.
Fetterman decided to poke fun at one of his opponent’s notable gaffs while discussing what it’s like recovering from a stroke.
“I want to go to Wegman’s, but I’m actually in a Redner’s, but I would tell you that I’m shopping in Wegner’s,” Fetterman said. “Sometimes I mush two words together.”
Fetterman’s campaign said the debate should happen in mid- to late October, however, no other details have been released. Fetterman took several months off the campaign trail to recover and only recently began making public appearances again last month.
Pennsylvania’s senate race is being closely watched across the country as it will likely determine whether Democrats hold on to their marginal lead in the Senate.
On Sept. 3, former President Donald Trump rallied for U.S Senate Republican candidate Oz and Pa. gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano in Wilkes-Barre.
Election Day is Nov. 8 and polls will be open from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 24.