by Steven Ertelt
January 3, 2005
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Georgia’s leading pro-life organization is pushing for new legislation that will provide women with more accurate information than they normally receive from abortion facilities about abortion’s risks and alternatives.
The bill is patterned after legislation that, in other states, has reduced the number of abortions by one-third.
It mandates that abortion practitioners provide women with the information 24 hours prior to performing the abortion.
A new poll shows that a strong majority of Georgia residents support the Woman’s Right to Know measure.
Conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, about 60 percent of Georgia voters indicated they "strongly" or "somewhat" supported the legislation. Only 33 percent indicated they "strongly" or "somewhat" opposed the idea.
Pat Chivers, director of government relations for Georgia Right to Life, talked about the poll and why the law is necessary.
"I think it does show that the people of Georgia do want women to have the opportunity to be offered information about the development of the unborn child, alternatives to abortion and the significant medical risks of abortion before they undergo the procedure and have time to reflect on it," Chivers told the Atlanta newspaper.
Chivers said lawmakers in the state House and Senate were in the process of drafting bills.
The measure also requires abortion practitioners to furnish women considering an abortion with information about fetal development, on the pain unborn children feel during the abortion, and to provide a list of agencies that help women carry a pregnancy to term.
Pollster Zogby International conducted the survey from December 21 through 23.