The following piece is reprinted by permission from Daylin Leach's State Senate site:
Gov. Tom Corbett said he would sign a proposed law to make women getting a state-paid abortion watch a fetal ultrasound but said: “I don’t know how you make anybody watch it, OK? Because you just have to close your eyes. … But as long as it’s "on exterior, not interior,” he will approve it.
By Peter L. DeCoursey
HARRISBURG (May 15) – The new Quinnipiac Poll says Pennsylvanians disapprove of a proposal 48-42 percent to show a fetal ultrasound to women getting state-paid abortions, but an unexpected demographic led that opposition: men.
Women are tied on the idea, 45-45 in the new Quinnipiac Polling Institute survey, but men oppose it 51-39.
Voters with a college degree opposed it 57-35, while those without a degree are essentially tied, 45 percent for it, 44 against.
The poll surveyed 1,256 registered voters and its results carry an error margin of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday he continued to support the bill, and would sign it “as long as it’s not obtrusive,” and the ultrasound is done externally, over the belly, not intrusively in the vagina.
“But as long as it’s on exterior, not interior,” he will approve it, Corbett said. The bill awaiting House action, from Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, is silent about whether the mandated ultrasound would be external or trans-vaginal. A bill signed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell requires the mandated ultrasound to be external.
Corbett was then asked if he considered forcing women to watch it “obtrusive?” He said: “I don’t know how you make anybody watch it, OK? Because you just have to close your eyes” to avoid seeing it.
Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, responded: “I'm going to assume he meant ‘intrusive’ instead of ‘obtrusive.’ And while I'm not a woman, I would imagine that any woman would find a tube inserted into her vagina against her will to be ‘intrusive.’ This, coupled with his admonition to women to just ‘close your eyes,’ shows a breathtaking, almost inhuman, insensitivity. I mean, oh my God.”
Reminded that Corbett said he would only sign a bill that mandated an “exterior, not interior” ultrasound, Leach responded: “Well, I'm also told he said he'd sign the Rapp bill, which, if you read it, is ‘interior.’ If he now says he veto Rapp, then that's different. But we can't let him get away with looking slightly less crazy while signing a fully crazy bill.”
Medical groups have said that interior ultrasounds are needed during the early term when many abortions are performed, to see the fetus, and asked that the Rapp bill be clarified so that like the Virginia law, it is limited to exterior ultrasounds.
The poll showed voters opposed trans-vaginal ultrasounds 64-23. Men opposed it 67-18 and women, 61-28. It also showed voters favored abortion to be legal in all or most cases, 54-37.
Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, said they were not sure why men opposed the bill more than women.
I'm proud and pleased that Daylin is in the State Senate. I'm considering moving 2 miles so he can be MY state senator. It gives me hope that there are a few (Daylin is one of 3 I can think of offhand) people in the PA Senate who are thoughtful, conscientious and sane. Hopefully the Pennsylvania electorate will elect more of them. I feel ashamed that I pay taxes to support a gubernatorial administration that supports these ultrasounds, as well as the new Voter ID law.