Pennsylvania Lawmakers Back Out On Ultrasound Bill


Until a week or two ago, Pennsylvania lawmakers couldn’t wait to move on a new law mandating all women who want to terminate a pregnancy first be forced to have an ultrasound.

Now, they don’t even want to debate the bill anymore.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

The Pennsylvania House postponed a scheduled March 12 vote on the bill. House Majority leader Mike Turzai, a Republican, said the debate was cancelled due to “concerns raised by the medical community, among others,” Philly.com reported. The Pennsylvania Medical Society, which has no official position on abortion, opposes the bill because it would potentially interfere with the physician-patient relationship.

The bill has lost several sponsors in recent days, including state Rep. Scott Perry, a Republican, who said “I don’t know that I’m against it,” referring to transvaginal ultrasounds, but added: “I’m not sure it needs to be mandated. A–I’m not a doctor. B–I’m not a woman,” the York Daily Record reported.

Pennsylvania is a sure sign that if enough pressure is applied to lawmakers, they will consider dropping these unnecessary, intrusive bills.

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  • veggietart

    Thank you, Scott Perry, for finally, finally realizing what is pissing off women.  You guys are not doctors.  You guys are not women so you’ll never be pregnant.  Even if you aren’t listening to women, at least someone is listening to a medical association when they say, hey, don’t interfere in the doctor-patient relationship.

    Now if only the rest of the Republican He-Man Woman-Haters Party would get it, things would be better.