With several bills on stricter regulations for abortion facilities still awaiting consensus in the state General Assembly, GrassrootsPA highlighted another likely controversial abortion measure, which has bounced over to the House Health Committe for consideration.
That bill, from Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, would require all women seeking an abortion have an ultrasound performed at least 24 hours before the procedure, except in cases of rape, incest, medical emergencies or if the fetus is less than eight weeks along.
A co-sponsorship memo notes that the woman would not be required to view the ultrasound image, but that she must have an opportunity to do so, as well as an option to observe the fetal heartbeat and other development signs.
The online version of the legislation lists 112 co-sponsors, or 10 beyond the 102 votes needed to pass a bill through the House. The measure was just referred to committee yesterday, so no word yet on potential hearings.