Georgia Abortion Bill Heads to State House Floor After Senate Delays
by Steven Ertelt
February 10, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A bill to make sure women have adequate information before deciding whether or not to have an abortion has cleared a state House committee and is headed for a full House vote soon.
House Bill 197 makes certain that abortion businesses provide women with full information about abortion’s risks and alternatives 24 hours prior to performing the abortion. States with similar laws have seen abortion rates drop by as much as one-third.
A special subcommittee of the House Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-2 for the bill, which now heads to the full committee for a vote before moving on to the House floor.
The bill also tightens parental notification requirements by making sure only parents are notified about a teen’s abortion, not just other adults such as an aunt or grandparent.
Rep. Sue Burmeister, an Augusta Republican, said the "intent is to protect the life and health of the mother and child."
Abortion advocates oppose the bill and a provision in it that would limit abortions performed at a doctor’s office such as the kind of freestanding abortion facilities located around the state. The measure requires all first-trimester abortions to be performed at a surgical facility — regulations that abortion advocates say would close down some abortion businesses.
This week, lawmakers in the state Senate put the brakes on a similar abortion information bill because of a provision that asks women be told that abortion can increase the chance of contracting breast cancer.
The delay came after abortion advocates claimed no such link between abortion and breast cancer exists.
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