Rapp Women’s Right-to-Know Act on Fast Track for House Consideration
2/6/2012
HARRISBURG – Two weeks after being introduced on the anniversary of Roe versus Wade, Rep. Kathy Rapp’s (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) Women’s Right-to-Know Act (House Bill 1077) was approved today by the Pennsylvania House Health Committee.

“Every pregnant Pennsylvania woman, regardless of economic status, insured or uninsured, or religious background deserves the right to be fully informed when considering the irreversible decision of abortion,” said Rapp. “Informed choice is essential to making the most moral and compassionate choice. My legislation will bring current law up to speed with the latest medical technology by requiring the abortion facility to turn the ultrasound machine around and share this living, moving information upon request of the woman who is carrying the child.”

Already receiving the bipartisan support of approximately 113 legislative co-sponsors, the Women’s Right-to-Know Act will provide: 

        • An opportunity for every pregnant woman in Pennsylvania seeking an abortion to 
          view and receive a printed copy of the ultrasound image of her unborn child. 

        • That all questions a woman has as a result of the ultrasound—including 
          gestational age and general developmental health of her unborn child—be 
          answered fully and completely. 

        • The guidelines to be followed when presenting this information to women. 

        • Minimum standards for those who are qualified to perform an ultrasound.

Following similar legislation in more than 20 other states, House Bill 1077 does not require the woman to view the ultrasound. Additionally, the ultrasound would be waived in the event of a medical emergency.

“No matter where you fall on the issue—pro-life or some other point of view—the Women’s Right to Know Act is a bill that transcends far beyond the politics of abortion and touches thousands of Pennsylvania women and their families,” said Rapp. “At the most fundamental level, it’s about respecting women by trusting her with all the facts to make a truly informed decision regarding the human life she is carrying.”

House Bill 1077 now advances to the full House for consideration. For the latest legislative updates, visit RepRapp.com.

State Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Ty McCauslin
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
717.772.9979
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