PA GOP’s Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill Is Now the Most Insane

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Randy LoBasso says now that other states have watered down their transvaginal ultrasound bills a little, Pennsylvania’s bill is the most extreme one:

Since October, states like Virginia, Louisiana and Idaho joined in with their own respective ultrasound bills, attempting to probe and shame women out of their Supreme Court-mandated right. But then, something weird happened. Even though the Republicans in these states had crucial control over their legislatures, public pressure got to them. They began bowing out from their ultrasound legislation. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell halfheartedly decided such a bill was too extreme. Parts of the Louisiana bill have been shot down by the courts. And then Alabama State Sen. Clay Scofield, the Republican who wrote that state’s ultrasound legislation, said he’s revisiting the bill in order to water it down.

“I am committed to amending this (bill) to specify that it is the woman’s choice which method of ultrasound that she would be more comfortable with,” Scofield said. His bill will still likely require ultrasounds, but he wants women to be able to choose, based on comfort. That may still sound weird, but Pennsylvania Republicans make him look like a kerchief-sporting cub scout in comparison.

As reported by RawStory this week, Pennsylvania’s ultrasound legislation is now among the most radical in the country. Unlike many other states’ bills, Rapp’s would require women (and doctors) to receive personalized copies of their ultrasounds in envelopes before the procedure. Women who get an ultrasound more than 14 days before the procedure are required to be asked to view a state-approved video on fetal gestation. The PA bill also mandates how long before the abortion an ultrasound should be performed. Such a mandate has already been struck down in Louisiana.

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One Response to PA GOP’s Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill Is Now the Most Insane

  1. Lana says:

    This issue is very important to me. I have an 8 year old who has sronsey issues, eating and sleeping problems and now as of last year is epileptic (benign rolandic epilepsy). Loud noises, sirens were of particular distress to her as a young child. We were living (sleeping) in a home with high EMF, plus I had two ultrasounds, same day at 6 months, the DR used a fetal doppler at 5,6,7, and 8 months and another test (not sure if it was ultrasound) at 9 months to confirm the baby was in the right position. They left me on the machine too long and I became extremely uncomfortable and had to call out for them to remove it. My daughter was born with a low apgar score and failed to gain weight till three weeks. I am a health nut and worked hard to have a healthy pregnancy. My first child was robust, healthy and had no problems, no ultrasounds. I was also 25 when she was born. This time at 42, and under the care of a regular doctor, rather than midwife, and I was cautious. I have suspected the effects of ultra sound, on my daughter’s behavior, sleep, appetite problems. I believe it is a contributor.