Join Us at the
"Abort the Bill" Rally in Harrisburg on March 26
LCDC denounces HB1077 and the recent
scandalous attacks on women! JOIN
the "Abort the Bill Rally" Monday, March 26th,10:30-11:30 am
in the Capitol Rotunda. This specious bill does not inform
the debate and is nothing more than an attempt by Lancaster
County's Republican 7 to bully women into second class
View flyer about the rally...
1077 - Women's Right to Know Act
LCDC Opposes HB 1077 – The Women’s Right to
The proposed Women’s
Right to Know Act currently in committee in the PA House of
Representatives would mandate that women seeking abortion services be
required to undergo an unnecessary procedure 24 hours prior to
receiving an abortion. That procedure mandates that the woman must be
in a room where she may observe a ultrasound image and video and
listen to the fetal heart beat of the fetus. If the woman refuses to
view the ultrasound images or listen to the fetal heart beat, that
will be noted by the attending physician and become part of her
permanent medical record.
The PA Chapter of the
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – the association
representing doctors who care for pregnant women - oppose this bill.
In continuing support
of civil and human rights, the Executive Board of the LCDC stands
unanimously oppose the egregious intrusion into the personal privacy
and confidentiality of medical records guaranteed by the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
state: “…The Bill of Rights protects us from government intrusion
into our personal affairs. Democrats stand firm in defending the right
of an individual to be safe from unwanted intrusions in the areas of
life, liberty, property, and family. Citizens should be empowered with
control over with whom their sensitive, personal information is
The Executive Board
of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee unanimously opposes this
View press release
All seven of the
Republican legislators that serve Lancaster County have sponsored HB
1077. We are amazed that the men who so rigorous oppose government
intrusion in the lives of men would so blatantly violate the privacy
LCDC encourages you to contact the Republican legislators (listed to
the right) and express your opposition to HB 1077. We encourage you to
sign the on-line petitions listed below.
(Note: Rep. Mike Sturla is opposed to the bill. If you live in
his district, please call the other representatives.)
these petitions to stop HB 1077:
Abortion Bill Stirs
Up Tempest: Lawmaker would require women to get an ultrasound 24
hours before having an abortion.
"What others are
Saying about HB 1077..."
LCDC Opposes HB
1077 – The Women’s Right to Know Act
All seven of the Republican legislators
that serve Lancaster County have sponsored
HB 1077. We are amazed that the men who so rigorous oppose
government intrusion in the lives of men would so blatantly violate
the privacy of women.
View press release...
New Report Finds
Overlaps In Language For Mandatory Ultrasound Bills
The Sunlight Foundation has found striking
similarities between the mandatory ultrasound bills under
consideration in many states (including Pennsylvania) and a piece of
model legislation prepared by a group called Americans United for
Daily News Editorial: PA.
law ultra unsound
Some of the bill's supporters argue that
H.B. 1077 doesn't specifically call for probes into private parts.
They apparently don't understand that an external ultrasound in the
first 12 weeks of pregnancy (when 88 percent of abortions are
performed) can't accurately measure the fetal "gestational age" the
legislation requires. That usually takes penetration.
Unite Against the War on
All across the country, through
legislative proposals, government regulations, and political rhetoric,
war is being waged upon women, their bodies, their private interests,
and their right to self-determination.
Virginia Senate Passes
Ultrasound Bill as Other States Take Notice
The revised bill requires women to have an
ultrasound before getting an abortion, but says that they cannot be
forced to have a vaginal ultrasound.
PA House GOP puts
brakes on ultrasound bill
The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania
House says he doesn’t plan to schedule a vote on a bill to mandate
ultrasounds for women seeking abortions while members address
questions that have arisen about it.
The co-sponsorship memo was incredibly
deceptive, completely misrepresented the intent or outcome of this
now 22 page bill.
Abortion providers already routinely
include ultrasound as an integral part of thorough and standard
medical practice in abortion service.
If the primary sponsor were really
concerned about women’s health and the provision of ultrasounds,
HB1077 would follow standard medical practice, not mandate that
women be forced to look away from the screen and be given print-outs
of the ultrasound.
Abortion providers in Pennsylvania offer
the woman the OPTION to view the image, not FORCE her to avert her
eyes if she chooses not to see the image. To require women to look
away from an ultrasound image – including women who are facing a
tragic situation such as a fetal anomaly incompatible with life – is
cruel and has NO basis in medicine.
Forcing women to look away rather than
providing them with the opportunity if they chose to view the
ultrasound is demeaning and malicious and clearly designed to shame
women who choose to receive an abortion.
As a result of Representative Aument’s
amendment, it is now the responsibility of the patient to receive
TWO prints of the ultrasound – one for her to keep and one for her
to deliver to the physician conducting the abortion. This is
contrary to current practice and obviously demonstrates the true
intent of the bill – to discourage and make it difficult for women
to obtain abortion services.
Women choose to have an abortion for
many reasons including cases where the pregnancy is planned but
dangerous to their health or there is a fetal anomaly. It is cruel
and inhumane to pressure women who are already devastated about
losing their pregnancy to view and accept images of their fetus.
The definition contained in the bill is
extremely narrow and only would cover women who were undergoing an
emergency so narrow as to irreversibly damage a major bodily
function – it does not cover fetal anomalies.
We may disagree about abortion, but we
should all be able to agree that Pennsylvania should focus its
energy on laws that help women: access healthcare, reduce the
unintended pregnancy rate, improving maternity care and empower
women and their families to make the best healthcare decisions for
All Pennsylvanians, including those
obtaining legal abortion services, should have the right to refuse
any medical test.