Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pennsylvania Jumps on Abortion Restrictions Bandwagon

Okay, I promised some less-serious material today, and I will provide it after this one last quick thing. 

Many of you may have heard about the Virginia state legislature pushing through a bill that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortion.  Pennsylvania's state house is about to do the same--and in some ways even more insidiously.  The new bill about to be passed--HB1077--would require a woman to have an ultrasound 24 hours before seeking an abortion and for the screen to be pointed in her direction. 

The creepy part of this--and the Virginia bill as well--is the 24 hour waiting period.  There is no medical reason for a 24 hour waiting period after an ultrasound.  If the only reason for conducting the procedure was to be certain the woman was pregnant it could be done moments before and fulfill the medical requirements.  This is a sort of "Now you do this and sit and think about what you've done!" measure that assumes women can't make these choices in their own minds.  It's dangerous and it's becoming more common.

So take a moment to sign the petition and tell your friends to do the same.  Thanks for your time.  I promise some fun stuff is coming later this afternoon!

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