Mango & Wagner Silent On Hundreds Of Thousands Of Women Losing Access To Contraception

Today, the Trump Administration announced that they would roll back women’s access to contraception for hundreds of thousands of women across the country and Paul Mango and Scott Wagner have been silent.

“It is not surprising that Paul Mango and Scott Wagner are silent on hundreds of thousands of women losing access to contraception across the country and right here in Pennsylvania,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “Mango and Wagner are absolutely committed to rolling back women’s access to health care. They both want to criminalize abortion and defund planned parenthood which provides essential health care services to women such as cancer screenings and mammograms. If Paul Mango and Scott Wagner want to punish the women of Pennsylvania and strip them of their health care, they have no business running for governor.”

BACKGROUND

“The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge. The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds. The decision, anticipated from the Trump administration for months, is the latest twist in a seesawing legal and ideological fight that has surrounded this aspect of the 2010 health-care law nearly from the start.” [Washington Post, 9/6/17] 

“As a husband and a father of five daughters, Paul will protect women’s access to healthcare while ending government funding for Planned Parenthood.” [Mango for PA, Accessed 10/6/17]

“Wagner is a co-sponsor of a bill that would prohibit the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services from funding ‘any entity that performs abortions … or maintains or operates a facility where such abortions are performed.’ That bill also provides for federal and state funding to be redirected from Planned Parenthood and toward community health clinics. Wagner did not respond to a request to identify health centers he believes could replace Planned Parenthood’s women’s health services. Wagner also is  a co-sponsor of a state Senate bill that would shorten the gestation period for abortions from 24 weeks to 20 weeks.” [York Daily Record, 4/19/17]

Scott Wagner co-sponsored SB 300, a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood.

Scott Wagner co-sponsored SB 3, a bill that proposes the most extreme restrictions on abortion in the country.