State house lawmakers passed a controversial abortion bill Wednesday. The so-called “fetal pain bill” cuts the time a woman could have an abortion from 26 weeks to 20 weeks. The goal is to stop late-term abortions.
A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would limit abortion in Georgia, with narrow exceptions, after a pregnancy reached 20 weeks. Currently, abortion is not permitted starting in the third trimester unless it's done to protect a woman's life and health.
Two Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation similar to the "personhood" referendum rejected by voters in Mississippi earlier this month. Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, and Rep. Rick Crawford, D-Cedartown, have both supported similar legislation previously declaring that life begins at fertilization and seeking to ban abortion.