Georgia lawmakers have now made it to the other side. That is, the other side of so-called Crossover Day, which took place Monday at the state Capitol. They are now three-quarters of the way through the 2014 legislative session, and barreling toward the end, currently scheduled for March 20. Any bill that didn’t pass one of the General Assembly’s chambers Monday won’t have a shot at becoming law in the final ten days of this year’s 40-day legislative session.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia last month filed a lawsuit to block Georgia’s new abortion law, which is to take effect Jan. 1. A judge is scheduled to hear arguments in the case Thursday. The law bans abortions after 20 weeks.
A new law tightening abortion restrictions in Georgia is becoming an issue in the bill sponsor’s reelection campaign. Regina Quick is running against Republican state Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens in the July 31 primary. She says the abortion measure is too intrusive.
Governor Nathan Deal signed into the law Tuesday a controversial abortion bill, shortening the period a woman in Georgia can have an abortion from 26 to 20 weeks. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.
The bill shortens the period a woman in Georgia can have an abortion from 26 to 20 weeks. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. The biggest compromise was the exemption for "medically futile" pregnancies-- giving doctors the option to abort a fetus that would not survive birth. Doctors would also be protected from civil suits.
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.
Abortion would be illegal in most cases five months after conception under a bill the Georgia Senate will consider this week. The Senate is expected to vote Monday on legislation from Republican state Rep. Doug McKillip that would cut down on the time women can legally seek an abortion in Georgia.
The passage of a controversial abortion bill in the House Wednesday puts it on the fast-track to the Senate floor for a vote. But the bill is fueling concern that fear of criminal penalties might dissuade doctors from coming to Georgia.