Law puts restrictions on Georgia abortions

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ATLANTA — Gov. Na­than Deal signed legislation Tues­day that bans most abortions five months after conception.

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, makes exceptions for pregnancies that threaten the life or health of the mother. Doctors could also perform an abortion after five months if they diagnose the fetus with a fatal defect – criteria added as a compromise in the waning hours of the 2012 Legislature.

Deal praised the law as a step to provide additional protection to unborn babies.

“Today, we are reaffirming Georgia’s commitment to preserving the sanctity of all human life,” he said in a statement released shortly after he signed the bill.

The measure passed over the objection of many female lawmakers. Sen. Valencia Seay said Tuesday that the bill’s passage and signing was “unconscionable, but not surprising” and typical of the male-dominated General Assembly.

“They are consistently bringing forth legislation that has nothing to do with what’s really important to Georgians, like the economy, like jobs,” said Seay, D-Riverdale. “They are consistently bringing things to chip away at a woman’s right to choose.”

Georgia becomes one of several states to pass a version of the so-called “fetal pain act,” including Ne­braska, Kansas, Ala­bama, Idaho, Indiana and Okla­homa.

The laws depart from the standards established by the U.S. Supreme Court, which allow states to limit abortions when there’s a reasonable chance the fetus could survive outside
of the womb, generally considered to be around 23 or 24 weeks.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Leola Reis said Deal “joined a small but misguided group of men engaged in a war on women.”

“Women should not be forced to adhere to legislative directives that are based on unsound medical science,” she said. “This is out of step with the needs of women, discriminatory and not the right focus for Georgia policy makers.”

It is not clear whether legal action will follow the law’s enactment.

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nevertoolate
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nevertoolate 05/02/12 - 05:32 am
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Oh pu-leez, Ladies. I'm a

Oh pu-leez, Ladies. I'm a woman, too. '"They are consistently bringing things to chip away at a woman's right to choose."' A woman's right to choose is at the moment when she chooses to say, "yes" or "no" to having sex. The choice is still there!!! Some things are just wrong, and it's a no-brainer that abortion after 5 month's gestation IS wrong.

I swear I believe some of you people were born and raised without being taught any sort of compassion. If you are incapable of comprehending the meaning of fetal pain, and you can't apply the concept to your everyday job, you don't need to be helping with law-making decisions.

The next thing I know, you'll be coming after me because some element or faction somewhere will decide my life is meaningless and my pain factor is irrelevant. There ARE ways to control birth, without abortions, ya know.

cozzster
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cozzster 05/02/12 - 05:40 am
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lol abortions are just part
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lol abortions are just part of the welfare system in the south...no consequences for anything...this is a good move...the only problem I see now is baby mama can't get rid of her kid as easily so populations will boom in the ghetto...

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 05/02/12 - 08:20 am
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Thanks you Governor for

Thanks you Governor for defending the defenseless against the cruelty of abortion. It was about time! Hopefully some day this nation will regain a conscience. Funny thing is: if scientists found just ONE living cell in another planet, they would be claiming ALL OVER THE WORLD that they found life. But here we are, this nation, still claiming that a growing human being inside a woman's womb is not a life and therefore needs to be destroyed. Go figure. The good things is that scientific evidence is slowly eroding the abortion culture's lies. It's a matter of time before people see the light.

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OJP 05/02/12 - 08:28 am
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@lovingthesouth72: I'm sorry,

@lovingthesouth72: I'm sorry, but that's utterly ridiculous. Find me one source where someone claimed that a fertilized egg is not life.

This, my friends, is a textbook example of a Strawman.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 05/02/12 - 08:54 am
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4D ultrasounds don't lie. I

4D ultrasounds don't lie. I challenge all you abortion supporters to take a look at these images inside a pregnant woman's womb and see if you can concluded that these are just a clump of lifeless cells. http://www.tatediagnostic.com/picandvid/picandvid.html -

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OJP 05/02/12 - 09:11 am
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@lovingthesouth72: Cells are

@lovingthesouth72: Cells are life. That's Biology 101.

Again, do you have any evidence whatsoever of anyone claiming that cells are not life?

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PhiloPublius 05/02/12 - 12:18 pm
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This is why politicians do

This is why politicians do not deserve to be paid. This idiot just said that it is legal to murder someone as long as it is in the first 5 months of their life.
Honestly, I'm not upset that about the fact that laws are being made to stop this sort of thing, it's that there is no responsibility, no accountability, and no morality left in our nation. Our country is sitting in the front seat on a bullet-train to Hell. This is one of those days that makes me sad to say that I am an American.

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itsanotherday1 05/02/12 - 07:59 pm
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This comes as close to being

This comes as close to being a commonsense compromise on the issue that I've ever seen. I don't like Nathan Deal and did not vote for him, but hats off to him for trying to reach a middle ground.

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Cdr4500 05/02/12 - 11:15 pm
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Banning abortion or making
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Banning abortion or making abortion after a 'certain time' isn't going to do anything to stop abortion, it'll just go back underground. The dirty tables, unsterilized instruments, inadequate instruments, no medical care, women dying from blood loss, infections because they'll be too afraid to go to a doctor...

This is legislating morality. It's an attempt to force the morals of a few onto the many. It doesn't matter which side of this 'fence' anyone is on...no one gets to choose morals for another.

I'm sure there are going to be more than enough who will be saying, 'she should have known when she missed her period', yet not every woman does...some continue cycling, many will be in denial, some don't have regular cycles...

This type of legislation is men who have NO knowledge about female physiology, with all it's variables, men who know even less about the mental and emotional toll females go through. It's women who refuse to face the simple fact that not all women want children, not all women can afford, financially or emotionally children...it's about forcing their morality, their ideas of right and wrong on a select portion of the population....and it won't do a damned thing except maybe allow some women to die, some women to go to prison, and some women to be ostracized from society.

It's just bad legislation, period.

Cdr4500
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Cdr4500 05/02/12 - 11:16 pm
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"If you can't afford the child, then put it up for adoption."

So you Republicans can whine and moan about your tax dollars having to take care of more babies? Ok, fine.

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