Letter to the editor: LIFEPAC politicized?
So stunned, I have to ask: Is LIFEPAC, the single-issue, pro-life group, politicized?
Since 1980, LIFEPAC’S mission has been to “identify and support all pro-life candidates.” The process of “identifying” included the candidate filling out a questionnaire. Then, LIFEPAC would create a blue-and-white flier and deliver a thousand to churches and poll workers. Its mission: help voters know who “all” the pro-life candidates are.
This year, the names of only three candidates for Westmoreland County commissioner were listed on the flier. Among the names missing was pro-life candidate John Ventre. When asked why his name was missing, the local director explained that the board takes a vote when splitting the pro-life vote could result in the election of a pro-abortion candidate; LIFEPAC lists accordingly.
Since the printing of the flier, LIFEPAC added Ventre’s name as part of an addendum to its website, lifepac.net, listing additional pro-life candidates. However, many churchgoers have already received the flier, and have been deceived by believing only three candidates for commissioner are pro-life. They have been denied the truth.
It seems to many of us that LIFEPAC has been politicized. Who are they to determine which candidate will “split” votes?
LIFEPAC has compromised its integrity. Some volunteers say they will not hand out the flier this year because something that once was informative and fair has been politicized.