Gov. Corbett’s Response To Controversial Bill Causes Outrage

By Chelsea Karnash and Jericka Duncan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A clip on YouTube in which Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett comments on a controversial bill, is getting a lot of attention. Earlier this week the Governor responded to a reporter about legislation that would mandate ultrasounds for women seeking abortions. When the reporter asked if Corbett thought the proposed bill went too far, the Governor responded by saying in part; “I don’t know how you make anybody watch,” he said. “You just have to close your eyes as long as it’s on the exterior, not interior.”

“That’s crazy that he would say something like that but I totally disagree with it,” said Anthony Grant of West Philadelphia.
Ashley Kuhn had a baby 9 months ago and says she does not support the ultrasound bill.
“I feel like women, especially today, know what a baby, what an embryo, what a fetus is,” said Kuhn. “They don’t need to be bullied into a really sensitive situation.”
At Fetal Vision in Langhorne, couples pay an upwards of $100 for special ultrasounds that can show a fetus in 3D, as early as 16 weeks. The owners of the facility, John and Sherry Hamburg, believe women should be forced to see ultrasound images before terminating a pregnancy.
“I personally would like to see it mandatory,” said Sherry Hamburg. “I don’t think mom’s actually grasp that there is a living baby.”

Now, many are expressing outrage in response to the Governor’s statement, including Democrats.

On, a site dedicated to Pat Murphy’s campaign for Attorney General, visitors are encouraged to sign a petition “to show Gov. Corbett and the rest of the far right how wrong they are.”

And various social media venues like Twitter and Facebook have been flooded with comments on the governor’s statement.

The bill at the heart of the controversy was recently proposed in Harrisburg and would require women to undergo a state-mandated ultrasound at least 24 hours prior to receiving abortion care.

Last week in Virginia, Republican lawmakers signed a bill that would require an external sonogram for any woman seeking an abortion into law, sparking a national uproar.

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  • Jim Wilmer

    I guess the idea is for the woman on the fence; would change her mind about having the baby. Which could happen; but then if the mother had the motherly instincts of an earth worm; the living child would be abused. even with more protection; still too many unwanted pregnancies. Then you have a politican who wants to allow a ban on contraceptives by the insurance companies. Then they complain about too many people out of work, on welfare, on drugs you name they will complain about it!!!

  • SocWrkr

    The government has NO BUSINESS telling women or anyone what to do with their bodies. It”s really scary seeing what the politicians are doing. They need to concentrate on the serious matters at hand (poverty, elderly issues, education, the state of finances for the citizens of this country)
    They are abusing the trust that the people who voted for them hoped for. Hey guys, get down in the trenches and see whats really going on.

  • lilo

    “Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying … demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism … [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant … We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.” (Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization, 1922. Chapter on “The Cruelty of Charity,” pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library edition.)

    This is from the founder of the American Birth Control Leagues which became Planned Parenthood. Think of what this says–then think about abortion and birth control. Evil, ain’t it?

  • george

    we must make this bozo a one term gov.

  • Another Jean

    Never in a million years would the GOP treat white men the way they are treating minorities and women. It’s beyond ridiculous.

    • petluvr

      Well said!

  • grumpy

    The Third Reich would have been proud of these Tea Party un- patriots!

    • lilo

      The Third Reich killed off its “undesirables.” Born and unborn.

      • grumpy

        Looks like the Tea Party lemmings are starting to eat their own.

    • Hater

      I thought there was hope for you but you keep pulling that party line.

    • Laura

      So how do you know all the supporters are in the Tea Party?

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