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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 12:31pm

House Rejects Changes to Abortion Bill

Abortion opponents are hailing a pair of victories in the State House.

House lawmakers Tuesday rejected an attempt by state senators to loosen restrictions on a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

Two senate-backed amendments failed in the House. One would have protected doctors who perform abortions from being held criminally accountable.

The second would have exempted the so-called “medically futile” pregnancies in which the fetus has no chance of surviving.

Georgia Right To Life President, Dan Becker, says he’d like the Georgia law to go all the way to the Supreme Court:

“I don’t think anything fundamentally changes, this bill is still a facial challenge to Roe, though we’re sure it’s not going to be challenged by the pro-abortion lobby, because it provides an opportunity for Kennedy to overturn and send Roe back to the states.”

Senators can now insist on their version or offer a compromise. If no compromise is reached before the end of the legislative session on Thursday, the bill will die.