Corbett and Wolf hold party lines on women’s issues: Analysis


Editor’s note: Billy Penn is analyzing the Pa. Governor’s Race candidates by looking at 10 pressing issues for Pennsylvania millennials. Our first pieces looked at their stances on marijuana, liquor, educationhealth care, rideshare, the environment and guns. Up today: women’s issues.

Gov. Tom Corbett (R):

Corbett is firmly in the pro-life camp, signing into law a bill in 2013 which prohibits coverage of abortions under health plans sold in the Pennsylvania exchange that was created following Obamacare. Corbett also came under fire in 2012 for saying “Just close your eyes,” for when a woman who did not want to view an image of her unborn fetus before getting an abortion. The comment came about because of a proposed bill that required women to get an ultrasound 24 hours before they receive an abortion. The bill was eventually tabled.

Corbett also supports a policy that would not require employers to cover basic contraceptives in their employee’s health plans.

With regards to employment, Corbett’s wife has been on the campaign trail calling Corbett a “champion of women in the workforce” by citing the fact that seven women lead state agencies under Corbett. Buuuut porny emails. 

Challenger Tom Wolf (D):

Tom Wolf’s stances on reproductive rights stand largely along party lines and he’s pledged in the past that he’ll stand by “a woman’s right to choose.” However, his campaign website offers little to no concrete plans to address issues facing women.

With regard to pay gaps, Wolf’s campaign notes that he’ll “strengthen our existing equal pay law and hold employers accountable for gender discrimination,” but has offered little explanation on how he’ll go about doing so.

Despite the lack of concrete policy, Wolf’s been widely supported by women’s groups across the state and was endorsed by Planned Parenthood in September. He’s also taken plenty of opportunities to point out Gov. Corbett’s not-so-secret gaffes as they relate to women (they love to make dinner, etc.)

Thanks for reading another Billy Penn story

Seems you’re the kind of person who really digs in. Want more? Sign up for our free morning newsletter, the easy way to stay on top of Philly news.

Thanks for reading Billy Penn

Like the story above, everything we publish is powered by our members. If you enjoy reading, join today: Just $5/month makes more difference than you’d think.

Thanks for reading! We need you.

Reader donations power our newsroom. If Billy Penn helps you feel more connected to Philly, we’d love to count you as a member. Will you join us?

Lock in your support

Reader support powers our newsroom. A monthly membership helps lock it in.

Can we count on you as a Billy Penn sustainer?

Winning the local journalism game

Thank you: Member support powers our newsroom.

Know someone else who might like our work? Invite them to sign up for our free morning newsletter.