Please vote NO to PA's proposed HB 1077!
HB 1077, the so-called "Women's Right to Know" Act bill, operates under the guise that women aren't smart enough to understand their own bodies. It requires all women seeking an abortion to be subjected to a mandatory ultrasound at least 24 hours in advance. It requires the ultrasound screen to be aimed toward the woman's face but 'permits her to avert her eyes' and also requires that she deliver a print of the image to her physician in order to have the procedure. The PA Medical Society and other medical groups have already come out in opposition to this incredible invasion of the physician/patient relationship. Your Representative can stop this demeaning and unnecessary attack by voting NO on HB 1077, but we need your help!
This petition is aimed at getting signatures from all those who are involved in the field of health care - students of all fields (medical, dental, nursing, PA, etc), physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, prehospital care providers, assistants and all those who provide medical care to patients. By signing this petition, you, as a health care provider, are helping to send a clear message to Pennsylvania's lawmakers that YOU are opposed to this horrible law.
Even if you are not a health care provider, your signature will make a difference! Sign this petition and share it with everyone you know that cares about human rights and patients' rights. Stop this madness before it spills over into other areas of health care!
Please hear my voice and what I have to say about the proposed bill you are voting on, HB 1077.
As Philadelphia based medical students and medical professionals, we are writing to you to say that House Bill 1077 is not just a flagrant violation of our patients right to privacy and insulting to her intelligence, but to say that as physicians and future physicians we are appalled by the requirements this law places upon us. The fact that we must aid and abet this narrow political agenda, championed by a small group of people unfamiliar with the details of medical practice and unaware of the reality of how hard this process already is; is sickening. Further, the decision that we must perform a trans-vaginal ultrasound which the woman must endure for the abortion makes us into state sanctioned rapists.
The fact that we must, for a woman who’s already chosen not to bear a child, fully cognizant of the personal pitfalls associated with it, repeat that information despite the additional pain and suffering it causes our patient is in violation of the Hippocratic Oath we have all taken.
This requirement suggests that we as physicians are not providing our patients with proper information with reference to an abortion. This supposition is one that we, as conscientious and careful physicians take umbrage at.
We therefore urge you not to support this bill, and to cease this interference into our patients private lives and our professional responsibilities.