by Steven Ertelt
April 26, 2005
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Last month, the Georgia state legislature approved the Women’s Right to Know bill, expected to receive the signature of Governor Sonny Purdue in the next few weeks. A new poll finds a strong majority of Georgia residents support the measure.
A Zogby International poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week found that 65 percent of Georgians support the Right to Know bill.
Under the information component of the bill, women thinking about an abortion would be entitled to information 24 hours in advance, including a brochure showing the development of the unborn child. It also puts in place a parental notification requirement that parents must be told about their teenager daughter’s request for an abortion.
The Senate approved the measure on a 41-10 vote after the House passed the pro-life bill on a 139 to 35 vote.
A previous poll conducted by the Atlanta newspaper found that 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.
The legislation is patterned after legislation that, in other states, has reduced the number of abortions by one-third. Parental notification measures have reduced teen abortions by 30 percent or more.
Pro-life groups support the measure and say it will significantly reduce abortions in the state if it becomes law.
Casey Grist of Suwanee, who had an abortion when she was 19, said she has had two miscarriages and two premature births since then. She indicated that the abortion business never told her of the possible medical risks associated with abortion.
"I’ve learned since that some of these complications could’ve been a result of abortion," Grist said, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.