McCormick Called the Leaked Dobbs Decision A “Huge Victory” and Said He Supported “Legislation…That Pushes Us Much Further Along

HuffPost: “[McCormick] Does Not Support Exceptions in Abortion Laws For Rape or Incest”

PENNSYLVANIA — On the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade being leaked, here’s a reminder that elected leaders and doctors have called out David McCormick’s support for an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest.

WATCH: State Legislators, Doctor Call Out McCormick’s Anti-Choice Agenda

“Women in Pennsylvania deserve the right to be able to make decisions about their own bodies,” said state Senator Amanda Cappelletti. “David McCormick has proudly touted himself as an opponent of abortion and that is a non-starter for Pennsylvanians.”

“David McCormick’s record of supporting an abortion ban without exceptions for rape or incest and praising the leaked Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade as a ‘huge victory’ is appalling,” said state Representative Jennifer O’Mara. “We need to support leaders that will be champions for our rights.”

Healthcare decisions, including those concerning whether or not to have a child, should be left to a patient and their trusted physicians,” said Dr. Jessica Klemens, DO. “Pennsylvanians deserve leaders who trust women to make the right decisions for themselves.”

See Below for McCormick’s Praise of the Leaked Supreme Court Decision:

McCormick deleted a 2022 campaign interview where he praised the Dobbs decision leak before announcing his 2023 campaign. 

Before the Dobbs decision leaked, McCormick said he would be a “stalwart opponent of abortion” and he continued to express his extreme abortion views even after the decision leaked. 

  • When discussing the Dobbs decision leak:
    • David McCormick: “I’m in support of legislation and decisions that pushes us much further along.” [Ben Ferguson Podcast, 5/16/22]
  • McCormick said during a debate that if the leaked Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade was truly the decision handed down that he “would embrace it” and “be very happy about it.”
  • McCormick praised the leaked Supreme Court opinion draft overturning Roe v. Wade in a statement, arguing “it would be a huge victory.”

See Below for McCormick’s Record of Supporting a Dangerous Ban:

  • When asked directly in a 2022 debate whether he believed there should be exceptions for abortion in the cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother, McCormick responded only “in the very rare instances there should be exceptions for the life of the mother.”
    • Axios: “David McCormick…said during a debate in Harrisburg last month he’s fully against all scenarios involving abortion, apart from ‘in the very rare instances there should be exceptions for the life of the mother.’”
    • HuffPost: “McCormick has said that life begins at conception and that he does not support exceptions in abortion laws for rape or incest.
    • HuffPost: “McCormick said in a May 2022 debate with Oz that he supports banning abortion with an exception only when the pregnant person’s life is in danger, and not in cases of rape or incest.
    • WESA: There was no “pushback from the McCormick campaign.”