Thursday, March 15, 2012

Support for ultrasound bill fizzles

It appears support for a controversial bill that would require women to get an ultrasound 24 hours before an abortion is waning in the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 1077, the “Women’s Right-to-Know Act,” had about 113 co-sponsors in the House last month but that number has dropped to about 80. The prime sponsor of the bill is state Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren.

None of the Democratic House members from Delco have ever supported the bill.

All members of the Delco GOP Delegation were co-sponsors of the bill at one time but most have removed their names.

Of the Republican House members, state Rep. Tom Killion, R-168, of Middletown, was the first to remove his name. State Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161, of Ridley Township, Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, of Ridley Park, and Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, of Upper Darby, have also removed their names.

State Rep. Steve Barrar, R-160, of Upper Chichester, is still listed as a co-sponsor but he said it’s his understanding that the bill is “dead for the year.”

“I have been trying to talk to different groups out there, like Planned Parenthood, to try and educate myself more about the issue,” Barrar said. “Until I feel I’m totally knowledgeable about all provisions in the bill, I would have a difficult time supporting it at this moment.”

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As a resident of Delco, what do you think about the bill?

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