Planned Parenthood estimates that in the first half of 2011, the Legislature spent 30 percent of its working time debating abortion.
“[The idea to repeal the Abortion Control Act] has been bubbling up for some time in my consciousness,” says Josephs. “I believe the Komen uproar was watershed. I really believe that that woke everyone up and made their blood run cold.”
The ramifications of repealing the Abortion Control Act would be staggering. No more creepy eyeball watching or requirements for unnecessary architectural upgrades to jack up the cost. Providers could spend time and money providing health care instead of a constant legal defense to stay open.
But since it would likely go over like a veto hearing in bear-hunting season, a total repeal is largely symbolic. But the attempt to repeal specific mandates, such as the 24-hour waiting period, is not.
“There is no point to make you wait 24 hours, except to make it expensive and difficult for women to access abortion,” says Josephs.
That a senator who lost his seat by a landslide is coming home to stump for the White House is as ironic as the fact that Pennsylvania has shelved an abortion bill in response to backlash against similar bills in other states that it enabled, but it seems the rest of the country is getting as weird as us, which is not a good thing.
When GOP candidates arrive here for the primary, we should insist the candidates address the record-high number and severity of state abortion restrictions, which all started here in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of independence. For some.
A recent analysis by a good-government nonprofit of the mandatory-ultrasound bills popping up around the country confirms that state Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), the legislator who introduced Pennsylvania’s mandatory-ultrasound bill, is carrying water for anti-abortion lobbyists.