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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 6:00am

Abortion An Issue In McKillip's Primary

A new law tightening abortion restrictions in Georgia is becoming an issue in the bill sponsor’s reelection campaign.

Regina Quick is running against state Rep. Doug McKillip (R-Athens) in the July 31 primary. She says the abortion measure is too intrusive.

McKillip sponsored a new law banning abortions after five months of pregnancy, except when doctors diagnose a fatal defect in a fetus. Women have been able to get abortions for any reason through the sixth month.

McKillip argued that abortion should be largely illegal at the five-month mark, when he says fetuses can feel pain.

Quick said she opposes abortion but believes women and doctors should decide when to end a pregnancy through the sixth month, a period she calls a legal and medical gray area.