Support the Women’s Right-to-Know Act (House Bill 1077)
Introduced by Rep. Kathy Rapp, the Women’s Right to Know Act
(House Bill 1077
) would give all pregnant women in Pennsylvania the right to view an ultrasound of their babies when considering undergoing an abortion.
To make a fully informed choice, women deserve the right to view their complete medical records,
and ultra sound technology exists and is already present in Pennsylvania abortion clinics.
Without this legislation, a double standard will remain whereby women in perhaps their greatest time of need and indecision are not given complete information.
The Women’s Right to Know Act addresses these disparities by providing:
• 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 in providing this information to women.
• Minimum standards for those who are qualified to perform these ultrasounds.
Following similar legislation enacted 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.
The Women’s Right to Know Act
simply puts into legislative statute a standard of care that every woman should expect in order to be fully informed about the risks, complications and irreversible consequences associated with abortion.
Once signed into law, House Bill 1077 will protect life, not only the lives of the unborn, but just as importantly, the life of the mother.