Dr. Monica Wehby, a moderate Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is catching ire for inviting an anti-abortion Senator to speak at her Oregon fundraising events.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon demanded today that Wehby "sever ties" with U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), who has said "abortionists" should be sentenced to death.
"Monica Wehby should sever ties with Senator Coburn immediately and tell Oregon voters where she stands on women's health," says Laura Terrill Patten, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.
"Does she agree with Senator Coburn that providers of safe and legal abortion should face the death penalty," Patten continues, "and that a survivor of rape should be forced to carry a pregnancy caused by her attacker?"
Wehby is running in the Republican pimary for U.S. Senate, and is a leading contender to challenge Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon).
WW first reported earlier today that Wehby invited Coburn as a special guest to three fundraising events—including a $1,500-a-plate dinner in Portland this Saturday.
Wehby's campaign manager, Charlie Pearce, told WW that Wehby and Coburn agree on limited government. "They don't agree on everything," he said.