Abortion protesters disrupt Casey event
January 11, 2010 1 Comment
Democratic Senator Bob Casey appeared at the state Capitol this afternoon to promote a photo exhibit documenting hunger and poverty in Pennsylvania. Many reporters showed up to find out his take on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments about President Obama. Neither subject ended up as the event’s focal point.
Shortly after Senator Casey began to speak, a man stood up and called him a liar.
Three other protesters then took turns berating Casey, calling him, among other things, a baby killer and a phony pro-lifer. After being escorted out of the rotunda, they identified themselves as representing Insurrecta Nex, a hard-line anti-abortion group that picketed Casey’s Scranton home in December.
Casey was calm during the protest. Afterward, he defended his pro-life record and took credit for strengthening anti-abortion provisions in the Senate’s health care bill.
Casey said he’s a pragmatist about stopping abortion. “Now some are not interested in reducing the number abortions, they just want to fight about the issue,” he argued. “I’m interested in reducing the number.”
Protester Suzanne Doller disagreed. “You’re a liar and hypocrite,” she yelled during the event.