(Thanks to Randy LoBasso at Philadelphia Weekly for the headline)
I understand it’s a hardscrabble life out there in Pennsyltucky (or Alabamania or PenRomania or whatever snarky name you want to give our backward state) and having more children probably insures you’ll always have plenty of employees to churn out crystal meth from the family lab. But unwanted kids in the city can end up being our crime problem and some studies back this up. Why should the rest of us have to revert to Victorian, sharia-law like conditions in our daily lives for some rube’s parochial worldview? Oh, sorry, sharia law is actually much MORE progressive than Pennsylvania when it comes to women’s health! It’s amazing that the party of NO BIG GOVERNMENT is the one that wants to invade our most personal spheres time and time again.
Despite evidence to the contrary, the Pennsylvania legislature is quite shrewd – having a woman, Kathy Rapp, introduce this bill. (She also has a resolution designating March 2012 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in PA, so maybe there is something amiss with her grey matter….)
Ultrasound is a normal part of a routine abortion, so why add another expense and lots of paperwork for a procedure that will be performed anyway? Oh… maybe that’s the point. Make it more expensive and inconvenient for busy doctors so they will stop performing the procedure. Pennsylvania already forces women to undergo “counseling” prior to abortion. This legislation, a nice example of doublespeak, actually insults women’s intelligence while purporting to care about their right to essential healthcare information.
So here’s another example of Republicans’ schizophrenic policy making…