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Georgia Revives And Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban

Georgia Revives And Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban

Georgia’s fetal pain bill is back and it passed.

On the last day of the legislative session Georgia Republicans pushed, and got, a “fetal pain” bill, just not the exact bill they had hoped for. The original bill would have cut by nearly six weeks the time women in Georgia may have to have an elective abortion. The original General Assembly bill made no exceptions, not even when the life of the mother was in danger or the fetus was not viable outside the womb.

The Senate changed the bill to include an exemption for “medically futile” pregnancies and giving doctors the option to perform an abortion later than 20 weeks when a fetus has congenital or chromosomal defects.

Initially the House refused to accept the changes and the bill looked certain to die without a vote. But then a compromise emerged that included a definition of a “medically futile” pregnancy to include only those pregnancies that have “profound” and “irremediable anomalies” that would be “incompatible with sustaining life after birth.” The bill also requires that a woman who is carrying a non-viable fetus abort in a way “to bring the fetus out alive” whenever possible which would require induction which would force the mother to have labor and deliver the non-viable fetus.

Another change to the bill protects doctors from medical malpractice suits brought as a result of the legislation, including any related to the trauma of having the state force a mother to labor and deliver a non-viable fetus.

The debate was so heated and the bill is so divisive it actually resulted in fist fights in the lobby of the capital. You’d think that was a sign that perhaps a piece of legislation was simply bad public policy.

The last hope for killing this bill is if Gov. Nathan Deal refuses to sign it.

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8:04PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Thank you.

8:04PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Thank you.

7:07PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Answer me this, why is anyone allowed to tell a woman that she must bear and deliver a child when she does not want to. Why is it any other person's business?

9:01PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

When you try and vote the party of NO out you better make sure that you can vote. Some States have changed their voter registration laws so that even if you wanted to vote you won't be able to. PLEASE CHECK the voter registration laws of the States that you live in NOW, so that you can have the right ID when it comes time to vote. PLEASE tell ALL your friends about this, especially students, seniors, immigrants and the poor. I am sure that the 1% will be flocking to the voting booths so that they can retain their power and money. The 99% had better start THINKING about what will happen if the republicans get in again. For example, no contraceptives which will lead to more people. Right now 8 BILLION PLUS. No abortions even for sick babies, unwanted babies because of rape or incest. No Jobs, undrinkable water because of fracking, war with Iran, no health care. Abstinence programs only, which do not work and many others. Sex Education is needed so that unwanted pregnancy and abortion can be lessened along with STD’S that can KILL your child. So if you don't vote and get as many as you can to vote along with you and the republicans get into power this may and probably will happen. Here is an idea, car pool with a car full to the voting booths (saves gas) and after you vote, have a party and KNOW that you have done your best for your country. Have a designated driver. PLEASE REMEMBER, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

9:26PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

I just wrote to Governor Deal, respectfully asking him to be thoughtful about his female citizen's rights. The "fetal pain" is unproven, and U.S. women have the right to choice and privacy with their doctors.

10:30AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

So one more thing to say to male chauvinist pigs F U and the horse you rode in on!

If a woman wants an abortion believe me when I tell you this it is not an easy decision. And when she has one it is hard but she should have that right. She will have to deal with her faith, family and herself. She does not need everyone else in the country judging her too. It should be her private business and believe me when I say that is enough.

10:24AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

These are dark times for women indeed. Men who should be cherishing women and putting their welfare above their own thrown women under the bus. they have basically called us trash and deemed us ignorant and incapable of making decisions on our own so they have decided to dicktate what will happen to us and our bodies. Evidently we are just sex objects who produce babies and they want the babies but they don't want to take care of them. They don't want to marry the women/whores or support welfare. They call us prostitutes openly live on air and in congress because we want birth control and when we are the victim of rape or incest at the hands of men they want to deny us an abortion. And at the same time when they want Viagra to perform the rape and incest they get an at-a-boy and a chuckle. Add to that they have many women so mind melded that they are duped into believing what ever drivel they spew that one way is good enough for all women, when women should have a choice when it comes to their bodies. And a voice in congress when it comes to women's issues.

3:29AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Extremely bad bill,tear it up!!!

9:08PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

when are these men going to get their heads out from between women's legs and start working on how to get our economy going, the ending of war, etc etc.

8:23PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Krysti, so you'll be adopting one?

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