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War On Women Continued: Georgia Legislature OKs Fetal Pain-Based Abortion Ban

Add Georgia to the list of states that has declared war on a woman’s right to choose:

Georgia is looking to become the latest state to approve a law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children feel pain at least at that point in development, if not sooner. The bill, which now goes to Governor Nathan Deal for his signature, will make Georgia the seventh state to adopt such a law. None of those measures has been successfully challenged in court.

Georgia Right to Life president Dan Becker applauded passage of the measure and said it could every well save the lives over more than 1,000 unborn children who die annually from such abortions in his state. The state’s current law allows abortions for almost any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Becker thanked Rep. Doug McKillip (District 115), who sponsored the bill, and many other legislators who tried to maintain the original language. “This was an intense and highly emotional debate,” Becker said, “and I am grateful to Lt. Governor, Casey Cagle, and House Speaker, David Ralston, for their efforts to protect the unborn.”

Becker said pro-abortion lawmakers frequently used false information to make it appear unborn children do not feel pain during an abortion or are not capable of feeling pain during pregnancy. “It was truly disheartening to witness the lengths to which the abortionists would go,” Becker said, “they ignored the horror of abortion, dismissed proven scientific evidence and in some cases resorted to outright slander in making their case.”

Like Becker, the Georgia Family Council was disappointed that some weakening language was added to the bill. “While we were happy to see HB 954 brought up for a vote last night after hours of debate, we were disheartened to see amendments added to the legislation at the last moments that, when passed, gutted the bill,” the group informed LifeNews. “The amendments essentially added language that would allow for late term abortions when a doctor determines that the pregnancy is “medically futile,” meaning that the unborn child has a “congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with life.” The phrase “incompatible with life” is not defined in the legislation, leaving that determination up to the doctor’s discretion in each case. Under the legislation, the lives of unborn children with severe disabilities would receive no protection.”

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