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Corbett Supported Bill To Require Ultrasound Procedures For Women Seeking An Abortion, Dismissing Criticism It The Measure Went Too Far By Saying, “You Just Have to Close Your Eyes.”

According to the Huffington Post, “During a discussion of a far-reaching mandatory ultrasound bill, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Wednesday dismissed off-handedly the insinuation that the measure goes too far, saying, ‘You just have to close your eyes.’ Corbett reaffirmed his support for the ‘Women’s Right to Know’ Act, which would require doctors to perform an ultrasound on a patient, offer her two personalized copies of the image and play and describe fetal heartbeat in detail before she can have an abortion – ‘as long as it’s not obtrusive.’” [Huffington Post, 3/15/12]

Bill Did Not Specify A Type Of Ultrasound, But In First Trimester, Transvaginal Ultrasound Would Be Necessary To Comply With The Requirements Of The Bill.

According to the Huffington Post, “During a discussion of a far-reaching mandatory ultrasound bill, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Wednesday dismissed off-handedly the insinuation that the measure goes too far, saying, ‘You just have to close your eyes.’ Corbett reaffirmed his support for the ‘Women’s Right to Know’ Act, which would require doctors to perform an ultrasound on a patient, offer her two personalized copies of the image and play and describe fetal heartbeat in detail before she can have an abortion – ‘as long as it’s not obtrusive.’ He did not indicate whether or not he considered a transvaginal ultrasound to be an intrusive procedure, which the bill would require doctors to perform on a woman whose fetus is not developed enough to be visible by a regular, ‘jelly-on-the-belly’ ultrasound. […]Pennsylvania’s ultrasound bill, unlike the revised version passed in Virginia, does not specify a type of ultrasound, so the doctor will have to use an ‘interior’ procedure for most first-trimester abortions in order to meet the requirements of the law.” [Huffington Post, 3/15/12]

Corbett Responded To Criticism Of The Bill’s Invasiveness Towards Women By Saying Women Could Just “Close Their Eyes” To Avoid Ultrasounds.

According to the Huffington Post, “Asked if he thinks the bill goes too far to make a woman look at the ultrasound image, Corbett responded, ‘You can’t make anybody watch, okay? Because you just have to close your eyes. As long as it’s on the exterior and not the interior.’ Pennsylvania’s ultrasound bill, unlike the revised version passed in Virginia, does not specify a type of ultrasound, so the doctor will have to use an ‘interior’ procedure for most first-trimester abortions in order to meet the requirements of the law.” [Huffington Post, 3/15/12]