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Babette Josephs Protests Pennsylvania Ultrasound Bill, Calls GOP Women 'Men With Breasts'

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 03/26/2012 6:08 pm Updated: 03/26/2012 6:13 pm

A Democratic state legislator in Pennsylvania called Republican women who are supporting a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound "men with breasts."

State Rep. Babette Joesephs (D-Philadelphia) attended a rally in Harrisburg on Monday opposing the bill. Josephs was addressing state Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren), the main sponsor of the legislation, during the rally, Pennsylvania Weekly reports.

"What are they?" Josephs reportedly said at the rally. "Women, or are they men with breasts?"

PennLive.com reports that Josephs continued to question whether Rapp or other Republican women know the details of the health care bills. She said she does not know if the Republicans believe women can make their own health care choices.

"I don't believe they're really women," she repeated. "I believe they're men with breasts," PennLive reports.

The Pennsylvania bill would require any woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving the procedure, with the screen pointed to the women. Gov. Tom Corbett (R) has said that women have the option of closing their eyes.

In response to the ultrasound bill, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) has proposed a bill requiring men to have prostate exams, stress tests and sex therapy before receiving erectile dysfunction drugs.

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A resolution passed by the city council of Wilmington, Delaware calls on Congress and other states to pass laws giving eggs and sperm "personhood" rights.

"Each 'egg person' and each 'sperm person' should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government and be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other dependent minor and be protected against abuse, neglect or abandonment by the parent or guardian," says the resolution. "Laws should be enacted by all legislative bodies in the United States to promote equal representation, and should potentially include laws in defense of 'personhood,' forbidding every man from destroying his semen."

Councilwoman Loretta Walsh authored the resolution in protest of legislation like the Mississippi "personhood" amendment.

"Personhood" bills proposed by abortion opponents seek to define life as beginning at conception, giving fetuses legal status as people.

"What's good for the gander is good for the goose," Walsh told the Wilmington News Journal.

Above, a clip from Monty Python's "The Meaning Of Life."
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