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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Back Out On Ultrasound Bill

Robin Marty

With lawmakers dropping their sponsorship and others afraid of the word "ultrasound," it's no wonder the legislature has decided to hold off on the debate.

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.

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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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