Fri., February 24, 2012 5:02pm (EST)

Abortion Hearing Met With Support And Opposition
By Elizabeth Choi
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A bill proposes that women cannot get an abortion after the fetus is 20 weeks old unless the pregnancy is life threatening for the mother. (photo courtesy Gypsy and The Fool)
A bill proposes that women cannot get an abortion after the fetus is 20 weeks old unless the pregnancy is life threatening for the mother. (photo courtesy Gypsy and The Fool)
Activists on both sides of the abortion debate packed a meeting room at the state capitol Friday.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would outlaw abortions after the first 20-weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is threatened.

An official from Atlanta's Catholic Archdiocese were among those who testified in support of the bill.

Anne Mellinger-Birdsong told members of the house judiciary non-civil committee, it's a woman's right to choose.

Melinger-Birdsong says, “People like me who make the decision to end the pregnancy is not because we can’t tolerate problems with our kids or that we’re perfectionists or that we’re throwing the baby away. We just thought about all kinds of things as we’re making the decision and it wasn’t done lightly."

Lawmakers in six counties are sponsoring these measures to restrict abortion.

The judiciary non-civil committee has not yet set a time to vote on the bill.