Pennsylvania is ready to joining the legion of states that believe it is necessary to force women to undergo an expensive and medically unneeded ultrasound before obtaining an abortion.
Proposed by Republican Delegate Mark Cole, the bill would:
B. Except in the case of a medical emergency, at least 48 hours before the performance of an abortion, a licensed physician or a qualified medical professional working under the direct supervision of a licensed physician shall perform a limited ultrasound examination on the patient undergoing the abortion to confirm the presence of a viable intrauterine pregnancy. Once the physician or medical professional determines whether such pregnancy exists, a print of the ultrasound image shall be made and a copy of the print, along with documentation of the physician or medical professional’s determination as to the viability of the pregnancy, shall be maintained in the woman’s medical record.
On the bright side, the woman isn’t being forced to view it. Just pay for it.