Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette called out Dr. Mehmet Oz during a tense exchange about abortion, revealing she was the byproduct of rape.
On Wednesday, candidates for Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary gathered for a debate as they attempt to sway voters before the May 17 primary election.
Candidates were asked about their stance on abortion days after Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, was leaked.
It was then that candidate Kathy Barnette, a conservative political commentator, explained her personal connection to the pro-life movement, revealing she was the byproduct of a rape.
Kathy Barnette, a conservative political commentator, explained her personal connection to the pro-life movement, revealing she was the byproduct of a rape
Dr. Oz defended his pro-life stance, saying his work as a heart surgeon could never allow him to harm a baby
‘I am so very grateful that our nation is having a very important conversation about life,’ she said. ‘I am the byproduct of a rape. My mother was 11-years-old when I was conceived, my father was twenty-one.’
Barnette then voiced her issues with fellow candidate Dr. Oz, accusing him on flip-flopping on the issues of abortion, citing previous comments he made.
‘I was not just a lump of cells, as you can see I’m still not just a lump of cells, my life has value and that was one of the reasons why it was very disturbing when I saw Met Oz running for this particular race when I’ve seen him on numerous occasions and specifically at the Breakfast Club saying that my life was nothing more than an acorn with electrical currents.’
‘I am wondering if the good doctor has now since changed his position on that,’ she added. ‘My life is valuable and so are the many lives that find themselves in the womb of their mother, whether in the womb or towards the end of that life.’
Dr. Oz, who won the endorsement of Donald Trump last month, defended his pro-life stance, saying his work as a heart surgeon could never allow him to harm a baby.
‘I was a heart surgeon, I operated on small children, a few days old, and witnessed the majesty of their hearts pounding blood even though its ill,’ he responded. ‘I would never think of harming that child, or even nine months earlier because life starts at conception.’
On Wednesday, candidates for Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary gathered for a debate as they attempt to sway voters before the May 17 primary election
The court is expected to issue a decision by June. The draft opinion calls the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision ‘egregiously wrong from the start’
Three candidates are in a near-tie in a new Monmouth University poll of Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate race
Staunchly anti-abortion, Barnette grew up on a pig farm in Alabama with no running water and became the first person in her family to graduate from college and later went on to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
After working in the financial industry she made a name for herself in the GOP when she became a regular commentator on Fox News during the Obama administration.
A new Monmouth University poll shows a near tie between three top candidates, with Dr. Oz barely leading the field with 22 per cent.
Close behind was David McCormick, who was recruited by party operatives to get into the race, was at 19 per cent, and Barnette was at 18 percent, putting the trio in a statistical dead heat.
Abortion has been a main talking point for conservatives after Alito’s draft was made public.
‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,’ Alito wrote in the opinion, which was reportedly circulated among the court members and leaked to the public on Monday. ‘We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,’ he continues in the document, titled ‘Opinion of the Court.’
Alito’s draft does not necessarily represent the sentiments of other justices who did not pen the opinion, but it’s been suggested that the court’s 5-3 conservative supermajority will likely deliver on the historic reversal.
The Supreme Court confirmed the draft was authentic in a late Tuesday morning statement but defended it as ‘a routine and essential part of the Court’s confidential deliberative work,’ nor does it ‘represent a decision by the court or the final position of any member.’
‘To the extent this betrayal of confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way,’ Chief Justice John Roberts said in the statement.
‘We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce — permanent employees and law clerks alike — intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees are an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the court.’
Roberts announced that the court would open an investigation into the source of the leak.
Conservatives throughout the country celebrated the news of a Supreme Court draft opinion that is set to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case – but have denounced the leak as an attempt to ‘intimidate’ the justices into changing their minds.