Activists on both sides of the abortion debate packed a meeting room at the state capitol. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would outlaw abortions after the first 20-weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is threatened.
As a Republican lawmaker seeks to tighten rules on when a woman can get an abortion, a Democratic lawmaker is protesting the move by introducing a bill limiting vasectomies. There are significant hurdles for either bill passing this year, but they illustrate the divide over the contentious issue.Bill Prompts Abortion Debate
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.