My Future (Dem) Congressman Voted for TRAP Law That is Sending a Mother to Jail

As a State Representative, My future (Dem) Congressman Brendan Boyle voted for a TRAP law that closed women’s clinics around Pennsylvania and because of that vote Boyle took, a mother, who gave her daughter pills to force a miscariage because they lived 80 miles away from a women’s clinic, is facing serious jail time.

During the primary, Colleen Kennedy wrote:

This law has returned Pennsylvania to the days before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, in which abortions still occurred, but the safety of women seeking them was not valued. The law hasn’t returned Pennsylvania to this time just figuratively; there is now actually a publicly known case that indicates this. As Rachel Maddow reported a few weeks ago, a Pennsylvania mother and nurse is now facing up to fifteen years in prison for aiding her then 16 year old daughter in purchasing the abortion pill illegally on the internet.

Jennifer Whalen purchased the pill after her daughter told her of the pregnancy back in 2012, right after clinics began to close, thanks to Act 122. In Pennsylvania, minors must receive consent from their parents before they can terminate a pregnancy, so up until this point, Whelan and her daughter had been following the letter of the law. They looked for a clinic, and when they found that the closest available facility was over 75 miles away, Whalen, as a nurse, did what thousands of women had done in this situation decades in the past – she found other methods.

Whalen did not get 15 years in prison, but did get sentenced to 18 months in prison.  Brendan Boyle hasn’t been elected to the US House yet and already has a blemish on his record.

However, the person I voted for in the PA 13 primary, is doing something about that law:

State Sen. Daylin Leach said Wednesday that abortions need to be more accessible and affordable or tragedy will strike.

Leach’s comments come on the heels of a central Pennsylvania woman being sentenced to prison for giving her pregnant daughter pills designed to trigger a miscarriage.

He said the case highlights that things need to change in the commonwealth.

“This woman could have died. You don’t want people taking medications whether they got it over the Internet or whatever. They don’t know what they’re doing,” Leach said.

Sometimes the best candidate doesn’t win because he’s an actual person, not a political machine hack.

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5 Comments on My Future (Dem) Congressman Voted for TRAP Law That is Sending a Mother to Jail

  1. Since you’re so keen on name calling, let me try:

    What do you call a fat little piggie who spends too little time on a treadmill and too much time using straw man arguments to slander congressional candidates?

    Sean Kitchen. The Dems of the 13th spoke loud and clear, buddy. Let it go.

    • Please do tell how I am slandering a Brandon Boyle with his voting record and links provided? If you would like to, you can email your response to Kevin Mahoney at and we’ll publish your response.

      Boyle has a horrible pro-choice record and I will continue to remind people of that when something pops up and / or he takes bad votes in Congress, which I am sure that he would.

  2. I saw little name calling other than “political machine hack,” the last three words of the column. It is a pretty straightforward piece which argues an important issue. Steve from Philly, on the other hand, is a true name caller and appears a generally petty, shallow individual. I too add my call for Steve to defend his position on Boyle’s record or his being a “political machine hack,” which by any definition of political machine hack he clearly is. Or like Rush Limbaugh and his ilk, you can continue to make fat little piggy remarks and call them political discourse. Thanks as always, Sean.

  3. Sean: you are certainly entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts. Calling Boyle a “machine hack” is absurd. He was opposed by city ward leaders accounting for 40% of registered Ds in the city portion of the district. He was opposed by John Sabatina in the 56th (received 59%), Tomlin in the 42nd (53%), McAleer in the 66th (79%), Sulman in the 53rd (58%) and Dolbow in the 35th (66%). Furthermore, it’s documented by Chris Brennan in the Daily News, the Public Record and Northeast Times that Boyle and his brother came through the ranks as outsiders to the ward system. I believe no matter your misguided and hateful opinions on your future Congressman his success should serve as an example to people involved in public service for the right reasons. The election is over. Your man Daylin whom I like lost. Time to move on and concentrate on winning Democratic majorities not rehashing your failed attempts to defeat Boyle.

  4. Sean – you are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts. Calling Boyle a “machine hack” is absurd. Boyle won city portions of PA 13 where the party supported Margolies by as much as he did where he was the endorsed candidate. Boyle won the 42, 53rd, 56th, 66th and 35th wards with respectively 53%, 58%, 59%, 78% and 66%. Boyle has taken on powerful machine leaders like John Sabatina and consistently won. He and his brothers success should serve as an inspiration. If you don’t believe me please consult various press accounts of the fractious relations between the Boyles and the machine in various Chris Brennan articles in the Daily News, the machine run Public Record and the Northeast Times. The facts don’t lie. The election is four months over. You would be a more astute blogger and observer if you stopped your bizarre anti Boyle spin and accepted reality and also the preferred choice of over 40% of the Democratic primary electorate in PA 13.

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