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No Vote Anytime Soon For PA House Bill Requiring Ultrasound Before An Abortion

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa (CBS) — The Virginia Senate this week approved a bill that will require women to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. But it appears that a similar bill in the Pennsylvania House won’t be getting a vote anytime soon.

The Pennsylvania House bill is sponsored by Republican Kathy Rapp from the state’s northern tier. It requires that an ultrasound test be performed at least 24 hours before an abortion.

The measure would require that the screen be positioned so that the woman could see the ultrasound test, although she would not be required to look.

After the Virginia Senate vote earlier this week, attention turned to the Pennsylvania bill.

But Stephen Miskin, spokesman for Allegheny County Republican Mike Turzai, the House majority leader, said his boss has no plans to bring the measure to the House floor.

“It came out of committee a few weeks ago,” said Miskin. “Concerns have been raised by the medical community among others. And these issues will be fully vetted and need to be fully vetted before anything can happen.”

Miskin said it is unlikely House leaders will bring the bill to the House floor before summer recess.

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