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Students protest Ga. abortion coverage

Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:35 AM
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ATLANTA -- The leaders of pro-choice chapters at the state’s universities were at the Capitol Wednesday to lobby against Senate Bill 98 which would prohibit the insurance plans sold to Georgians through a health exchange from covering elective abortion.

“That’s ridiculous, absurd,” said Bess Neumeister, a recent psychology graduate of Georgia Southern University who’s returned to her home in Atlanta to find a job.

At age 26, she is no longer covered under her parents’ insurance, so she recently purchased a plan from a health exchange, and she wants abortion as a choice.

The 17 students are leaders in the group Choice USA. Their meeting was coordinated by Planned Parenthood, which offered advice on approaching legislators.

Somner Woods, a Georgia Southern sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky, said one argument against the bill is the financial costs of child raising.

“If you already have a bunch of kids and you have to take care of another one, then nobody’s benefitting from the situation,” she said.

The students planned to also draw from their science courses.

“You can think about it from a biological standpoint. Conception itself, when it occurs, that’s only two or three cells,” Neumeister said. “That’s not a life. You lose that many cells day to day just from your skin.”

Supporters of SB 98 say conception does create a life which the government has a role in protecting.

“The pro-life people are concerned about that, the protection of innocent life,” said Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick. “We believe that life begins at conception and that that life is a worthy life, and it should have the protection of law and that person should be given the opportunity to fulfill their potential.”

Choice USA field associate Andrew Jenkins said the students didn’t expect to change any minds but to make sure the concerns of young adults were heard during the final eight days of the 2014 legislative session.

“It’s also feeling involved with the problem,” Neumeister added. “Down in Statesboro, you don’t feel like you’re connected a lot of the time.”

University of Georgia junior Kathryn Leamon, of Suwanee, Ga. and majoring in biology and women’s studies, worries that the bill has no exception for incest or rape since she was herself raped. Although the rape didn’t make her pregnant, she would have wanted that choice.

“I probably would have gotten an abortion. I did not consent to having a child. I did not consent to having sex,” she said. “So, I don’t see why I should be punished.”

During debate on the bill, supporters argued that the baby resulting from a rape shouldn’t be punished either, and certainly not with a death sentence. Asked to respond to that argument, Leamon said it is unfair for government to require a woman undergo months of discomfort.

“You have to keep in mind that pregnancy lasts nine months. It’s not an easy experience,” she said. “You’re asking to put a woman through all that and the trauma she’s already experienced.”

The young women, and male students, spent the afternoon weaving through the halls between professional lobbyists, class field trips and legislative aides to catch up with lawmakers. Their plan was to return to their campuses and take what they’ve learned to encourage other students to become active.

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thauch12
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thauch12 03/06/14 - 09:51 am
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Justifiably worried...

"“You can think about it from a biological standpoint. Conception itself, when it occurs, that’s only two or three cells,” Neumeister said. “That’s not a life. You lose that many cells day to day just from your skin.""

That hurt to read. I'm not a pray-for-folks-in-front-of-Planned-Parenthood type, but that statement was just ignorant of anything that even vaguely resembled facts.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/06/14 - 10:59 am
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This is
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the material that your standard college teacher spittles to your children on a daily basis, while enrolled in most of our finest "institutions of HIGHER learning". marx didn't need any "finer" tools for his vitriol than these homegrown and cultivated marxists.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 03/06/14 - 11:52 am
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College-educated?

"Their meeting was coordinated by Planned Parenthood, which offered advice on approaching legislators." You mean these college-educated individuals needed help in how to talk to the legislators? And to expand on thauch12's comment, Miss Neumeister is definitely ignorant in at least this topic in biology.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/06/14 - 12:35 pm
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What Ms. Bess Neumeister

What Ms. Bess Neumeister needs to understand that she can still get an abortion if she desires to murder her baby, but she will have to pay for it out of her own pocket and not taxpayers who do not wish to contribute to the child's death.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/06/14 - 12:39 pm
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“If you already have a bunch

“If you already have a bunch of kids and you have to take care of another one, then nobody’s benefitting from the situation,” she said"

Then let me give you some good motherly advice. Teach your husband or boyfriend how to use a condom or use birth control. You can pick up birth control at any health department and it's cheap, if not free in some cases.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/06/14 - 12:54 pm
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'Leamon said it is unfair for

'Leamon said it is unfair for government to require a woman undergo months of discomfort."

So is it okay for a mother to take the life of her child "after" that child is born as it is "before" that child is born. What about the discomfort a mother goes through after the child is born, the sleepless nights, being thrown up on, pee'd on, puked on. What about the colic child that gets on your last nerve, what about the children born blind, or with MD or cerebal palsy. Do these woman have the right to take the child's life because of the discomfort they may experience.

I look at the situation of rape and incest through religious views and I understand that there are many who don't, but in my opinion (and it's my opinion, other's have theirs) if God is the creator of life and He has allowed a woman to concieve through rape or incest, there is a purpose for that child being created. We may not like the circumstances, and we may not understand why, but if there wasn't a purpose for that child, God would not have created him/her. Allow the child to be born and place it up for adoption. You can still be rid of the baby but at least the child can live.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 03/06/14 - 02:39 pm
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No monies for abortions. Period.

You body , your choice = you pay for killing your own baby. The arrogance to expect others to pay for a consequence of your behavior is beyond comprehensible.

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Dixieman 03/06/14 - 02:40 pm
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Gimme points!!

Sugar, you can go have all the abortions your lil' ol' heart desires since that's the law (though I disapprove). Just don't ask other people to pay for your choices with their tax money or increased insurance premiums. That's fair. Take what you want and pay for it.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 03/06/14 - 02:46 pm
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PS

Plus, planned parenthood makes millions of $$, they do not need government funding. Heck, they even get money from Girl Scouts. Bottom line: they do not need tax payers monies

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/06/14 - 03:07 pm
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I disagree with the

I disagree with the government banning private insurance companies from providing whatever coverage they see fit. It should be simple enough for a company to provide a basic plan for ordinary circumstances, then add riders for childbirth, abortion, special reproductive procedures, etc. Those that want/need the extra coverage pay the extra premium, not the rest of the people on the pool.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/06/14 - 03:41 pm
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Odd.....my be my favorite

Odd.....must be my favorite TD's......two comments directly after mine states the same thing my comment does and neither of their post has a TD.....must be something personal against me. How juvenile.

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Fiat_Lux 03/06/14 - 04:30 pm
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Oh, Kathryn, sigh...

"“I probably would have gotten an abortion. I did not consent to having a child. I did not consent to having sex,” she said. “So, I don’t see why I should be punished.”
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So the baby should be the one punished instead, so that you don't have to endure the discomfort of pregnancy to bring it to life? What did the child do to deserve that kind of callous disregard?

Do you have any clue what it is to make a personal sacrifice for the sake of another? Even for an innocent baby? I'm thinking not.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/06/14 - 04:35 pm
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You girls can pay for abortions on your own dime.

Period.

I'd rather go to jail that help you kill your baby, even if you found out it would be disabled. It's not your life to take.

Even the life you call your own isn't really your own to dispose of should you decide to kill yourself, although you probably don't believe that either. How much less is the life of someone else yours to take?

KSL
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KSL 03/06/14 - 04:41 pm
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Itsanotherday, you have

Itsanotherday, you have offered the best solution.

Overeating, being overweight can cause health problems. Should I have tp pay extra for that? I am not overweight.

Smoking can cause health problems. Should I pay extra for that? I don't smoke.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/06/14 - 06:38 pm
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Would not need to protest

if they used some brains and preventive measures and protection at the beginning.

MAYBE
The State should pass a bill to recover the costs from the designated donator(s).

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/06/14 - 06:44 pm
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USSC rules if it offends a persons

religious beliefs they cannot be subject to penalties.
See ruling on Muslims delivery drivers refusing the transport alcohol

So why should people that oppose this on morally wrong and religion grounds be required to pay taxes to support the process?

My philosophy is simple
IF you screwed up when you could have prevented it ,
you handle it or find some one willing to donate to your cause.
It is not a Taxpayer problem to solve Stupid.

fedex227
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fedex227 03/06/14 - 08:07 pm
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Georgia state employees ...
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are already forbidden from accessing insurance coverage of abortion care. The ban is just an administrative one that the state health board pushed through last year. State employees can only receive coverage for life-saving abortions; the new law would allow neither state employees or women purchasing insurance on the exchanges to get coverage if an abortion prevents the “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”

Impairment of a major bodily function? You just know a 'guy' had to write that.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/06/14 - 08:57 pm
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I Guess

Being pregnant for nine months would be in some way an "Impairment of a Major bodily function!" Ok, you can have that abortion.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/06/14 - 10:03 pm
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We can debate the morality of

We can debate the morality of abortion all day; but the fact is, it is legal whether we like it or not. The dilemma is how it is funded. Let the people who want the coverage for legal procedures pay extra for it, not me. Don't use the force of government to impose your morality on others.

KSL
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KSL 03/06/14 - 11:24 pm
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This is the crux of the

This is the crux of the problem of Obamacare as contrived. People, except those given special exemptions, have to pay for coverages they do not need, and there is plenty of resentment of that. That is not the way insurance of any kind has traditionally worked. You live in a flood zone, you pay more. You are a bad driver, you pay more.

If I am not involved in car accidents, why should I pay for the bad driving of others and have it increased even more so because of drivers who break the law and don't buy their own insurance?

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oldredneckman96 03/07/14 - 12:02 am
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Pay for it.
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Even if the feminist, gays, and any other group do not believe it, it takes a man to get a woman pregnant. DNA will tell you who it was, let him pay to raise the child. That what civil courts are for.

KSL
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KSL 03/07/14 - 12:44 am
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You will have to do something

You will have to do something about not crossing state lines. Know of deadbeat dads who owe big bucks in GA.

stuaby
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stuaby 03/07/14 - 01:47 am
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I've got the solution to the

I've got the solution to the rape exceptions.

If you were raped. Furnish the authorities with the name of the rapist. After he is picked up and tests positively, you will be required to hold a 9mm handgun in your hand and put a bullet through his skull.

Then, you can have your abortion.

I you can't follow through with this, then no abortion.

grinder48
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grinder48 03/07/14 - 08:19 am
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Shocking!
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Good Lord! It's amazing to read the statements by some of these woman. Sounds like they want to have intercourse freely with no responsibility. Not a problem if pregnancy results, just murder the baby! And by the way, let someone else contribute to the cost of the murder! Here's a novel thought, DON'T GET PREGNANT!

Echoes86
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Echoes86 03/07/14 - 09:20 am
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stuaby

I don't think I'd have a problem doing that.

KSL
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KSL 03/07/14 - 10:30 am
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Since when does a rape victim

Since when does a rape victim always know the name of her rapist?

stuaby
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stuaby 03/07/14 - 11:27 am
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"Since when does a rape

"Since when does a rape victim always know the name of her rapist?"

You're right.

In these cases, let the police/detectives do their thing and figure out who. After establishment of guilt, the sequence would be the same.

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