Yesterday, the most extreme anti-abortion law in the country was passed out of committee in Pennsylvania. This legislation forces victims of rape and incest to carry pregnancies to term and criminalizes action of women making their own healthcare decisions. Governor Wolf has vowed to veto this anti-women legislation, but if Paul Mango, Scott Wagner, or Mike Turzai become governor, this bill would become law in Pennsylvania and devastate women and girls throughout the commonwealth.
“Governor Wolf is the only reason the most extreme anti-abortion law in the country has not become law,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “If Scott Wagner, Paul Mango, or Mike Turzai become governor, women and girls who have been the victims of rape or incest would be forced to carry a pregnancy to term and women making their own health care decisions with their doctors would be criminalized. The republican gubernatorial candidates would be absolutely disastrous for the women of Pennsylvania.”
“With only a handful of voting days left on lawmakers’ 2017 calendar, the House Health Committee is set to vote sometime today on one legislation that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, down from the current 24 weeks, and prohibit a common, second-trimester procedure known as dilation and evacuation.” [PennLive, 12/4/17]
“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]
Scott Wagner co-sponsored SB 3, a bill that proposes the most extreme restrictions on abortion in the country.
“… 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]