Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is eagerly watching as Brett Kavanaugh sits before the U.S. Senate for his confirmation hearing.
Pennsylvania – Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is eagerly watching as Brett Kavanaugh sits before the U.S. Senate for his confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh is strongly anti-choice, and just last year he ruled to limit access to safe, legal abortion. He was nominated purely for the purpose of overturning Roe v. Wade. If Roe is overturned, the fate of abortion access in Pennsylvania would lay in the hands of the governor. Scott Wagner has made clear that he supports Kavanaugh and wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned.
“Scott Wagner is thrilled by the possibility of Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court because it would help him achieve his goal of stripping health care away from Pennsylvania’s women,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf campaign. “Wagner has said that he would sign a six-week abortion ban, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant, and supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood. When asked about the possibility of a conservative Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Wagner nonchalantly responded, ‘Whatever happens, happens.’ But we know exactly what would happen– Scott Wagner as governor would work unceasingly to roll back women’s reproductive rights.”
Wagner “Has Explicitly Said He’d Support Saccone’s Bill” To Ban Abortion As Early As Six Weeks. “One of the three GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, has explicitly said he’d support Saccone’s bill.” [PennLive, 5/09/18]
Wagner: “I Was The Cosponsor Of Senate Bill 3 Which Would Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks.” “Last year I was the cosponsor of Senate Bill 3 which would ban abortion after 20 weeks and would ban dismemberment abortion.” [March For Life Speech, 1/19/18]
Wagner Co-Sponsored Senate Bill 300 To Defund Planned Parenthood. In 2017, Wagner co-sponsored SB 300, a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. According to the York Daily Record, the bill “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.” [SB 300, 3/28/17; York Daily Record, 4/19/17]
Wagner Spokesperson Romeo: Wagner “Will Sign Pro-Life Legislation As Governor.” “In a statement sent to Breitbart News, Wagner spokesman Andrew Romeo said, ‘While Tom Wolf is being funded by a group that prioritizes abortions, and has vetoed pro-life bills on their behalf, Scott has a strong record standing up for the unborn in the Senate and will sign pro-life legislation as governor.’” [Breitbart, 6/15/18]
Wagner Supports Overturning Roe v. Wade. “When asked about the possibility of Donald Trump nominating another pro-life Supreme Court Justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, Wagner responded by saying, “I am 100% pro-life, and I have a 100% pro-life voting record.” [PA Dems Release, 7/11/18]
Wagner: “…Whatever Happens, Happens” On Roe V. Wade. “If a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision and returns the issue of abortion rights to the states, Pennsylvania’s next governor could find a bill banning abortion on his desk… ‘It may, and whatever happens, happens,’ [Wagner] said.” [WHYY, 07/20/18]
Wagner Supports Kavanaugh’s Nomination. “Wagner, with running-mate Jeffrey Bartos at his side, tells his interrogator that “the answer to that question is that I support President Trump’s pick, and whatever happens in the Supreme– I can’t sit here and predict, I’m not a lawyer. But I’m 100 percent pro-life, and I support the president’s pick.” [PennLive, 8/07/18]
CONTACT: Beth Melena, firstname.lastname@example.org
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