HARRISBURG, March 27, 2012 ( – A Pennsylvania state lawmaker has called her female colleagues who co-sponsored a pro-life ultrasound bill “men with breasts.”

Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Philadelphia, was speaking at a Democratic rally on Monday against the measure.  which The bill requires that an ultrasound be performed 24 hours before an abortion in order to document the gestational age of the child to be aborted, and that women be given the option of viewing the ultrasound image or hearing the fetal heartbeat if they choose.

“They’re trying all these experiments on us,” said Josephs of conservatives, according the Pennsylvania Patriot-News.


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Referring to women lawmakers who co-sponsored the ultrasound bill, she said, “I do not understand how a woman in this Legislature can say to herself: ‘I’m not capable of making my own health decisions … but I can get elected and make them for somebody else.’

“What is wrong with these women? What are they thinking about? Are they women, or are they men with breasts?”

The Patriot-News reports that 110 state House members have co-sponsored the measure, which was debated in that chamber this month.

Like the bill’s counterpart in Virginia, although the measure does not mention vaginal ultrasounds, opponents have attacked the bill as invasive based on the possibility doctors would perform one to fulfill the requirement. Supporters have noted that performing an ultrasound prior to an abortion is standard medical practice.