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Monday, March 26, 2012 - 4:07pm

Abortion Bill Passes State Senate

Georgia is another step closer to putting a limit on abortion.

The State Senate heard four hours of emotional testimony on both sides of the issue Monday before voting to pass it.

The measure would limit the time a woman could have an abortion from 26 to 20 weeks. The bill would make exceptions for when a pregnancy threatens a mother’s life, but not for rape or incest.

Supporters say the pro-life legislation demonstrates Georgia’s commitment to life. Senator Tommie Williams from Lyons told the Chamber:

“Whatever you make the law today, people will believe it’s right, over time. Moreover, the General Assembly asserts a compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children at the stage that substantial medical evidence asserts they’re capable of feeling pain.”

But Democratic Senator Doug Stoner of Smyrna got personal when talking about a bill he says is more about politics than saving lives:

“God forbid one member of my family got raped and you’re not going to give any exceptions. It’s definitely hypocrisy, it’s definitely politics, it’s an admission of failure of leadership, of current leadership in this chamber.”

Doctors who are involved in abortions after 20 weeks that do not meet the bill’s restrictions would be charged with a felony and face up to 10 years in prison.