What’s at Stake: Women’s Rights

Governor Wolf has always stood up for women’s rights. He has demonstrated his commitment to ensuring that women have a right to make their own health care decisions. He and his wife Frances even used to be escorts for Planned Parenthood! Governor Wolf has:  

  • Vetoed Senate Bill 3, the most anti-choice bill in the country which aimed to criminalize abortion and bans abortions after twenty weeks, leaving no exceptions for rape, incest, or tragic fetal anomalies.
  • Stood up against Republicans’ attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Immediately said that he would veto a 6 week abortion ban and spoke out against the Trump administration’s gag rule.
  • Worked to increase access to birth control by incentivizing hospitals to stock and store long-acting contraceptives.
  • Required that 3D mammograms be covered by insurance
  • Called on the legislature to pass legislation requiring employers to cover contraceptives at no-cost to consumers as a preventive service.
  • Launched “It’s On Us PA,” the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses.
  • Signed an executive order that will work to end discriminatory practices that contribute to this wage gap. Under his executive order, state agencies will:
    • No longer ask job applicants their salary history during the hiring process.
    • Base salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skills.
    • Clearly explain the pay range on job postings.

Wagner would ban abortion, and he dismissed the concerns of women across Pennsylvania about having access to safe and legal abortion by saying “… whatever happens, happens” when asked if he would be in a position to ban abortion as governor. If he becomes governor:

  • Abortion would be banned in Pennsylvania.
  • Wagner said he would sign a 6-week abortion ban bill into law. This would be the most restrictive abortion law in the country. In fact, many women do not even know they are pregnant at 6 weeks.
  • He would try to pass Senate Bill 3 which proposes a ban on abortions after twenty weeks, leaving no exceptions for rape, incest, health or tragic fetal anomalies.
  • He would defund Planned Parenthood and prevent women from across Pennsylvania from accessing important health care services like mammograms, other cancer screenings, and birth control.
  • He wouldn’t protect Pennsylvania from Trump’s gag rule. This gag rule would cut women off from critical health care services like birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and even general women’s health exams.
  • He would not support women in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned. When he was asked about the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned, Wagner responded by saying, “whatever happens, happens.”