The version that passed the House bans all abortions at 20 weeks and makes no exception for the cases of fetuses with such severe abnormalities that they would not be able to live outside the womb once born, or would only survive in constant pain. Because the bill made no such exception doctors began to speak out and testify about the harm the bill would do.
Naturally the bill’s sponsor didn’t like his abortion ban being challenged by actual medical experts and began calling them all liars.
This last minute shift in the bill would allow women to get an abortion even after the five-month mark if a doctor determined the fetus has a fatal congenital or chromosomal defect.
Republicans in the Georgia House have until Thursday to accept the change to the law if it is to pass before the end of the legislative session.
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