- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Republican Party is attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf over his support for abortion rights and picturing him on a flier with a Philadelphia abortion doctor, who is serving life in prison for killing babies who were born alive.

Asked Tuesday about the flier, GOP spokeswoman Megan Sweeney would not say where or how many of them were mailed. A picture of Wolf’s face appears above a picture of Kermit Gosnell’s face on the flier. Gosnell was convicted last year of three counts of murder.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett opposes abortion rights, and signed legislation in 2011 that imposed tougher building safety and staffing standards on abortion clinics.

A Wolf campaign spokeswoman accused Corbett of mounting baseless attacks to mislead voters.

“This type of politics has no place in Pennsylvania,” said Wolf spokeswoman Beth Melena. “The people of this commonwealth deserve a leader who will elevate the conversation about how to get Pennsylvania moving again rather than resorting to unfounded scare tactics.”

The election is Nov. 4.

The flier features the images, along with a photo of the former doctor’s clinic and the words “house of horrors,” a reference to the Philadelphia district attorney’s description of the office building.

In capital letters, it asks “will pro-abortion Tom Wolf take us back?” It goes on to quote from a news report that cites a police investigator describing how abortion clinic staff members disposed of fetus body parts down a garbage disposal.

Authorities shut down Gosnell’s clinic in 2010 after they searched it for drug violations and stumbled on bottles and bags holding aborted fetuses or their body parts. The place was filthy; furniture and blankets were stained with blood, instruments were not properly sterilized, and the same disposable medical supplies were used repeatedly, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors estimated Gosnell ended hundreds of pregnancies by inducing the live births of viable babies and cutting their spinal cords with scissors. They said the clinic was able to operate under such conditions because state regulators had stopped regular inspections and had ignored complaints about the clinic.

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