The Georgia state House passed a bill Wednesday to strengthen a ban on the sale of aborted babies body parts in the profit-driven abortion industry.
Georgia House Bill 762 would make it a crime for anyone to sell aborted babies’ body parts in the state, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Penalties for violating the measure include up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
State Rep. Wendell Willard, who sponsored the bill, said the legislation will strengthen the current state law that requires all aborted babies’ bodies to be cremated or buried. Willard said his bill also will ensure that there is an outright prohibition of the sale of aborted babies body parts. However, the bill will allow aborted babies’ body parts to be donated to research facilities, according to the report.
Willard said he decided to introduce the bill after watching the undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing top Planned Parenthood officials selling aborted babies’ body parts.
As LifeNews previously reported, the Planned Parenthood videos have sparked outrage across the country from grassroots activists and stay-at-home-moms to lawmakers and even presidential candidates. In the first undercover video, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical research for Planned Parenthood, admits that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses altered abortion procedures in order to get intact body parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.
However, some pro-life groups expressed concern that the bill leaves open a wide loophole for procurement companies to sell aborted babies’ body parts for profit, according to Outset. An amendment to close the loophole was proposed in committee but later rejected, the report states.
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Legislators in the Georgia House also passed a second abortion-related bill Wednesday that would require more detailed reports about minor girls who have abortions, the local news report states. House Bill 555 would require the state Juvenile Court and Administrative Office of the Courts to report statistics to the state about girls ages 17 and younger who have abortions without notifying their parents.
“We want to ensure we’re receiving accurate facts about Georgia’s young women and their health decisions,” said state Rep. Joyce Chandler, who sponsored the bill.
Both bills move to the state Senate for consideration.