More Pro-Abortion Republicans Running for Congress in Maryland
We’ve got two more self-identified pro-abortion Republicans running for Congress in Maryland.
4th District Candidate David Therrien identified himself as pro-abortion in his response to our question about the Hyde Amendment:
With regard to aborting a pregnancy, it is ultimately the woman’s right to make decisions that relate to her own body. The State has the obligation to champion the rights of children. The question has been at what point in the pregnancy does the unborn become a child? Until there is an overall consensus in answering that question, no legislation can be enacted that will be favorable to the majority of constituents as either totally Pro-Life or Pro-Abortion. My personal convictions are irrelevant when representing my Maryland District 4 constituents on the Hill. My responsibility is to cast my vote in accordance with the desires of the Maryland District 4 voters. As their Representative and after talking to many of my constituents, they are neither all Pro-Life nor Pro-Abortion. They believe there are a number of circumstances under which they would support abortion procedures.
Freshly minted Republican Liz Matoy in the 8th District is also unabashedly pro-abortion as well, going as far as urging people to stand with Planned Parenthood:
While the issue of abortion is frequently met with passion and fervor, rarely do politicians have as much personal connection as I do. I have held the hands of some of my dearest friends as they faced it: finding out they’re pregnant, wondering what they should do, making the choice, and living through the decision. These moments have affected me greatly, and I take to heart the pain and anxiety around all of it. It is because of these moments that I know how critical it is to keep the right to choice available to women in this country.
Nobody likes to talk about abortion, because nobody likes what it means; however, I believe that the solution is to work to reduce unintended pregnancy in the first place. Only by reducing the numbers of women who become pregnant without intention can we reduce the number of abortions in this great country. Planned Parenthood has been on the front lines of reproductive education and contraceptive distribution for exactly that reason for decades. Furthermore, because people are human, they will make different life choices. It is critical to keep abortion safe and legal, or the consequences for all involved could only get much much worse.
Matoy had been running as an independent “post-partisan” candidate until she switched her registration to Republican and filed as a Republican today. I’m more appalled at her pro-abortion stance as a fellow Catholic than I am as a conservative, but that is an issue between her and God and her and her confessor.
Therrien and Matoy join Amie Hoeber as Pro-abortion Republicans running for Congress in Maryland this year.
Obviously, our position on abortion at Red Maryland is very obvious and very consistent. And these three candidates are certainly not in line with our views on the matter, or the views of a majority of Republican primary voters
UPDATE, 10:24 PM: Liz Matoy denies she’s pro-abortion through a Tweet that she deleted. However, screen caps are forever: