The state’s current law allows abortions for almost any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
“While this bill will save well over 1,000 babies a year, it still is far short of our goal of protecting all human life,” Becker said. “The final outcome was heavily affected by intense pressure from those who resorted to half-truths, misinformation and in some cases outright intimidation,” he added.
The original measure would have banned any abortion at the point a fetus can feel pain, which has been established at 20 weeks or earlier. The amended version includes an exception for “medically futile” pregnancies that will give doctors the option to kill a baby they think may have a condition that would not allow it to live after birth. It also includes an exception to protect the physical life of the mother.
“The futile pregnancy exception leaves the door open to destroy a whole class of babies a doctor decides may be less than perfect,” Becker said, “that’s not who we should be as a society.”
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.”
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.
“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.”
Georgia Right to Life promotes respect and effective legal protection for all human life from its earliest biological beginning through natural death. GRTL is one of a number of organizations that have adopted Personhood as the most effective pro-life strategy for the 21st century.