Just two weeks before the Pennsylvania primary election, GOP Senate candidate Kathy Barnette said she is alive today because her mother, who was only a pre-teen when she was raped, decided not to end the life in her womb.
“I am the byproduct of a rape,” the veteran revealed during the Republican primary debate on Wednesday. “My mother was 11 years old when I was conceived, my father was 21. 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.”
Barnette said that regardless of whether the premature release of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson draft opinion was a leak or a “tactical operation,” she is pro-life because she believes life in the womb is just as important as life outside it.
“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,” she said.
Barnette also cast doubt on her opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz for saying he is pro-life. Up until recently, Oz, who garnered an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, expressed hesitancy at laws restricting abortion and lamented that before Roe v. Wade, women who endured “traumatic events” and wanted abortions had to turn to “coat-hanger events.”
“That is one of the reasons why it was so very disturbing when I saw Mehmet Oz running for this particular race, when I’ve seen him on numerous occasions, specifically at the ‘Breakfast Club,’ saying that my life was nothing more than an acorn with electrical currents,” Barnette said. “I am wondering if the doctor has now since changed his position on that.”
Oz responded that he believes life begins at conception and that “I would never think of harming that child or even nine months earlier,” but just a few months prior, he endorsed abortion in cases of rape, incest, and if the mother’s life is at risk.