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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 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.”

Governor Wolf Creates First Statewide LGBTQ Affairs Commission in the Nation

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took a historic step towards ensuring equality for Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ community.

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took a historic step towards ensuring equality for Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ community.

As KYW NewsRadio reports:

“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed an executive order, creating the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs — the first in the nation.”

The Commission will serve to coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts as part of Governor Wolf’s commitment to removing obstacles for anyone who is facing an unfair disadvantage based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. It will be comprised by 40 members and led by Executive Director Todd Snovel.

“Today’s announcement is timely and important, but also not the end of our efforts to create a Pennsylvania that espouses inclusion and diversity in all that we do,” Governor Wolf said. “When I became governor, we saw that change was needed and we made it happen. Better yet, we are still making it happen and will do so until every Pennsylvanian can live, work, love, and thrive in our state with an assuredness of support and safety.”

The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs joins Governor Wolf’s existing commissions, including those on African American Affairs, Asian Pacific American Affairs, Latino Affairs and the Commission for Women.

Throughout his time in office, Governor Wolf has fought to protect the rights of our LGBTQ community and ensure that Pennsylvania is inclusive, welcoming, and open for business for everyone. While in office, he has:

  • Consistently advocated for passage of the PA Fairness Act.
  • Signed an Executive Order prohibiting any agency under his jurisdiction, or any entity that receives grants or contracts from the commonwealth from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression, and identity, among other areas.
  • Made sure state government is open to LGBTQ individuals so we can have talented people like like Dr. Rachel Levine serve in key positions.
  • Fought to expand state health care benefits for LGBTQ employees.
  • Formally recognized LGBTQ-owned businesses as small diverse businesses as part of a larger initiative to make significant changes in the commonwealth’s approach to awarding competitive contracts for goods and services.

Governor Wolf Visits Areas Affected by Severe Weather, Provides Recovery Update

Yesterday Governor Wolf toured areas in central Pennsylvania that have been heavily impacted by flooding and heavy rains.

Yesterday Governor Wolf toured areas in central Pennsylvania that have been heavily impacted by flooding and heavy rains. After the tour, the governor and public safety cabinet officials provided an update about the extent of the impact and next steps for clean-up.

According to WTVA:

“While Governor Wolf was in Tremont, he spoke to the members of the American Legion Post 384. A portion of the Legion was badly damaged by flood waters this week. He also met with first responders and other volunteers who have been working to pump water from homes all week. He said he came out to Schuylkill County to show support to the people who are dealing with this flooding.”

“Touring the state today gave me an up-close look at the intensity of the rain over the past days and how it affected residents,” Gov. Wolf said. “Most importantly, I was able to check on the safety of people in these hard-hit communities and speak with them to learn how the state can help.”

Officials and residents are now coming together to move forward with clean up and to work to restore their communities. Governor Wolf and his administration will continue to do all that they can to help the communities recover and get back to normal.

Governor Wolf Sees Results of Workforce and Economic Development Investments in Action

Yesterday, Governor Wolf got to see his workforce and economic development programs in action. He visited two central Pennsylvania companies who both received support from

Yesterday, Governor Wolf got to see his workforce and economic development programs in action. He visited two central Pennsylvania companies who both received support from these programs– Champion Modular in Juniata County and Playworld in Union County.

According to the Daily Item:

“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s tour of Central Pennsylvania on Thursday brought him to Playworld, a company that has received funding through the administration’s workforce and economic development programs. Supported through that program, Playworld has trained more than 250 workers over the past few years, Wolf noted.”

“It’s wonderful to see the incredible work being done at these facilities and I’m proud that the commonwealth has partnered with businesses that are committed to investing in their employees and their local communities,” said Governor Wolf.

Through a 2016 project with the Governor’s Action Team, Champion Modular was able to reopen a vacant manufacturing facility, leading to significant investment in the region’s local economy and the rehiring of many of the workers.

Governor Wolf then visited a playground equipment manufacturer, Playworld, in Union County. With the support of the Wolf administration’s incumbent workers training program, Playwork has trained more than 250 workers over the past few years.

Playworld CEO Joe Copeland was present to greet Governor Wolf. “We wanted to thank the governor for the support they’ve given us through their workforce programs that provides funding for us to provide training sessions for our employees,” he said. “Programs that emphasize safety, new skills in terms of manufacturing, programmable skills. The Commonwealth has been a strong advocate in helping us invest in our folks.”