Pennsylvania has long awaited the opportunity to introduce new life-saving pro-life legislation, and now with the election of a pro-life governor, the PA Pro-Life Federation and other pro-life groups have crafted a great bill to send to Gov. Tom Corbett's office to do just that.
It is House Bill 1077 - the Women's Right to Know Act.
This bill will guarantee a pregnant woman the right to see an ultrasound image of her unborn baby 24 hours before a scheduled abortion.
Pro-abortion forces have attempted to mislead and distort the facts surrounding this benign medical procedure. HB 1077 does not specify the type of ultrasound method used - whether it be the tradition imaging virtually all women receive or another ultrasound method called a transvaginal ultrasound used routinely by Planned Parenthood abortion facilities to determine the gestational age of the unborn baby before an abortion.
Pro-abortion forces are trying to scare off state legislators with objections to the transvaginal ultrasound method that they themselves use. They are using inflammatory language such as "rape" to describe this painless, routine procedure to mislead and frighten off legislators.
It's a total scare campaign without any truth or merit, and our local legislators will not be bullied by this gang of radical pro-abortion activists.
Pro-Life co-sponsors, Rep. Jerry Stern, Rep. Rick Geist, Rep. Dick Hess and Rep. Mike Fleck all understand that this is a pro-women bill designed to help women make an informed life and death decision.
This is a pro-women bill because it will empower women with the information that they need about the baby's gestational age and other vital information they may not otherwise receive.
If these so-called women's right organizations really cared about women, they would not try to hide the real facts about their pregnancy from them.
At present, the unborn baby does not yet have the right to life, but you would at least think that women would want other women to have a right to know all the facts about their pregnancy. Our local lawmakers are for looking out for the women that they represent, born and unborn.
Beth Britz, Duncansville
Political Education Chairwoman, Blair County Citizens Concerned for Human Life