GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Want Victims Of Rape And Incest To Carry Pregnancies To Term

Yesterday, Paul Mango released a plan highlighting his extreme positions on women’s health care. But he’s not alone. Paul Mango, Scott Wagner, and Mike Turzai all support legislation that would punish women by forcing victims of rape and incest to carry pregnancies to term and stripping women their rights to make their own healthcare decisions.

“Scott Wagner, Paul Mango, and Mike Turzai support and have openly advocated for the most restrictive abortion bill in the country which would force women and girls who have been the victims of rape or incest to carry a pregnancy to term. They want to defund Planned Parenthood which provides important health care services to women such as mammograms and cancer screenings. The republican gubernatorial candidates would be absolutely disastrous for the women of Pennsylvania and they should be ashamed of their positions.”

Background:

“The bill [SB 3] would amend Pennsylvania’s current Abortion Control Act to change the current 24-week cutoff for abortions to 20 weeks except in cases of medical emergency. There is no exception for rape and incest.” [Billy Penn, 2/8/17] 

“A GOP state senator from central Pennsylvania quietly introduced a bill [SB 300] in Harrisburg last week that, if passed, could decrease funding to Planned Parenthood centers across the state.” [Billy Penn, 4/4/17]

SCOTT WAGNER

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.

PAUL MANGO

Paul Mango says he would, “Call on the Legislature to pass SB3…” [Faith, Family, and Pennsylvania Values, 11/30/17]

“If elected, Mango, a former healthcare executive from Pittsburgh, says he’d support legislation that would “prioritize” state funding for women’s health to ‘those organizations providing the broadest scope of services, broadest geographic coverage, but do not deliver taxpayer funding to those organizations performing abortions.’ That language is substantially similar to a bill sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair, that would effectively cut off support for Planned Parenthood by denying public funding to “any entity that performs abortions that are not federally qualified abortions or maintains or operates a facility where such abortions are performed.” [PennLive, 12/1/17]

MIKE TURZAI 

“… House Speaker Mike Turzai issued a statement praising the Senate for passing the bill and applauding a similar measure that will be introduced in the House … ‘It is important the legislature send one of these bills, Rep. Rapp’s House Bill 77 or Senate Bill 3, to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk,’ Turzai (R., Allegheny) said in the statement. ‘The passage of these bills is evidence of bipartisan and bicameral support to protect unborn children and mothers and demonstrates the commonwealth’s commitment to promoting a culture of life.’” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/16/17]