Tue., February 15, 2011 2:21pm (EST)

Lawmaker Pushes Abortion Restrictions
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Lawmaker proposes an amendment to restrict abortion and define beginning of life (Photo By Connor.carey)
Lawmaker proposes an amendment to restrict abortion and define beginning of life (Photo By Connor.carey)
Some lawmakers want to put it to voters—when the state of Georgia recognizes the beginning of life.

An amendment intends to pave the way for restricting abortions and embryonic research in the state.

Republican Senator Barry Loudermilk of north Georgia is proposing the amendment to the state constitution.

"The big debate through our time dealing with life issues is when does life begin and this would define in the state of Georgia that we recognize that life begins at conception," Loudermilk says.

The amendment needs a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate before going to voters in November 2012.

Even if lawmakers and voters adopt it, it would almost certainly be challenged in court.