Ultrasound Mandate Bill Loses 32 Co-Sponsors and Counting
The bill would require women seeking an abortion to obtain an ultrasound. Supporters of the measure say it’s important to establish gestational age of the fetus before the procedure.
The bill passed out of committee last month, but after a number of complaints – particularly from members of the medical community, who said it was inappropriate to mandate any procedure – House Majority Leader Mike Turzai postponed a floor vote indefinitely.
But those supporters are growing fewer in number. Reps. Patrick Harkins (D-Erie) and Nick Miccarelli (R-Delaware) removed their names from the legislation on Tuesday.
With little support from the medical community, lawmakers are finding it difficult to support the measure. Rep. Scott Perry (R-York), who is also running for U.S. Congress, explained his withdrawal by stating, “I don’t know that I’m against it…I’m not sure it needs to be mandated. A – I’m not a doctor. B – I’m not a woman.”
Governor Tom Corbett offered limited support for the bill on Tuesday, so long as the procedure is not invasive.
“As long as it’s external, not internal,” Corbett told The Morning Call.
The following PA legislators have dropped sponsorship:
Sid Michaels Kavulich
W. Curtis Thomas