Gov. Corbett Defends Pennsylvania Ultrasound Bill Because ‘It’s Not Invasive’

Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA)

As ThinkProgress reported yesterday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) expressed callous indifference with a bill mandating that women receive an ultrasound before choosing to have abortion because they could just close their eyes. “I’m not making anybody watch, OK,” he explained. “Because you just have to close your eyes.”

Yesterday, a young woman confronted Corbett about his support for the bill. The governor reiterated his support for it by arguing that it’s not as bad as invasive transvaginal ultrasounds:

QUESTIONER: Excuse me, hi. Can you tell me why you supported the ultrasound bill?

CORBETT: It’s a position I took awhile ago. It’s just on the outside, it’s not invasive. That’s why.

The Pennsylvania Democrats posted the video:

While Corbett may back the bill because it does not include the words “transvaginal ultrasound,” the language of the bill still suggests that a woman could be required to undergo the invasive procedure if the embryo is too small.

The ultrasound bill is stalled after the Pennsylvania House delayed a vote earlier this week, and lawmakers are revoking their support because of tougher language inserted into the bill in committee. One Republican legislator said he was “offended” by the changes.