Turzai calls abortion regs 'pro life' legislation

The soundbite came back to bite House Majority leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) across the cable news airwaves in the past 72 hours, even making its way to "The Colbert Report" last night.

But lost in the frenzy over Turzai's statement on the new voter ID law, was the comment that came right before it.

Turzai, in ticking off the GOP-led legislature's accomplishments, mentioned the abortion facility regulations bill signed by Gov. Corbett in December ostensibly to protect the health of women patients.

Turzai called it "the first pro-life legislation [in Pennsylvania] in 22 years."

Women's rights advocates say that admission shows the clinic regulations, approved in the wake of the scandal involving Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, were ideologically-based and were not advanced in the interest of women's health.

"It is clear now that comments about the regulations being about concern about women's safety was subterfuge," said Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project. ""This demonstrates there was no concern about the health of women."

Speaking to an audience at the state GOP meeting in Hershey, Turzai said the new voter ID law would "allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania."

Democrats seized on the remark as an admission that Republicans were trying to suppress not protect the rights of citizens.

For more on the ID flap, read the Inquirer's report here. 



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