On a press call this morning with state Representatives Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware) and Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) called out Wagner for his support of the bills.
SB3 set the limit for abortions at 20 weeks, shortening the amount of time from 24 weeks under current law. SB300 would put organizations such as Planned Parenthood at the bottom of the priority list to receive state funds.
“No politician should play politics with with women’s healthcare,” Krueger-Braneky said during the call.
“These bills are for political gain, and have nothing to do with healthcare,” Dean added.
Both Krueger-Braneky and Dean took issue with the path the two bills are taking to get to the floor. SB3 was voted on in the Judiciary Committee first, and SB300 was voted on in the Finance Committee. Krueger-Braneky and Dean argued that the bills should have been voted on in the Health Committee.
“Scott Wagner ought to be ashamed of himself for pushing legislation that criminalizes abortion without any input from the public or the medical community and working to defund Planned Parenthood,” Pa. Dems Communications Director Beth Melena said in a release after the call.
The Pa. Dems are pushing to make Wagner look out of touch with women voters, and to counter his message of being a Harrisburg outsider. Repeatedly in the release, and in all its messaging against Wagner, they refer to him as a “Harrisburg insider.”
PoliticsPA has reached out to the Wagner campaign for comment.