January 27, 2005


In a switch, Piccola says he favors abortion ban (PETER L. DeCOURSEY, 1/23/05, The Patriot-News

After voting against Gov. Robert P. Casey's 1989 Abortion Control Act and supporting abortion rights for two decades in public office, state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola says he now favors banning most abortions.

In an interview in his law office Friday, Piccola, R-Dauphin, said his new view, that abortions should be banned except to save the life of the woman, was the result of an intellectual and spiritual journey during the last six to eight years.

He denied any political motivations for changing his view on abortion, the issue that matters most to more than one in five Pennsylvania voters, according to state pollsters. Piccola is preparing to challenge Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell for the governorship in 2006.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2005 9:53 AM

In Ohio, there is a GOPer named Jim Petro. He has been state Auditor and now state AG. He is running for governor in 2006 after thinking about it for years. He comes from Cleveland and was pro-abortion. Once he was elected statewide and began his governor dreams, his views likewise evolved. Likewise, this had nothing to do with politics.

Timeservers like Piccola and Petro really must think people are stupid.

Posted by: Bob at January 27, 2005 10:12 AM

As long as they back up their "conversions" with "actions," I don't mind so much.

Posted by: Timothy at January 27, 2005 10:55 AM