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Georgia Senate Passes Abortion Ban In State Insurance Plan to “Make a Statement”

Robin Marty

The bill's sponsor says it won't stop any abortions, but pushed the legislation anyway.

If there was any doubt that most of today’s state bills are more about proving how “pro-life” the politicians are than the anything to do actually reducing the number of abortions, one Georgia senator has made this abundantly clear with a bill to eliminate abortion coverage for state employees.

Via NECN.com:

Senate Bill 438 was debated for more than an hour before it passed by a vote of 33-18. Amendments to the bill were not allowed. Sen. Mike Crane, the bill’s sponsor, urged support of the legislation as a vote to save taxpayer dollars and make a pro-life statement. He emphasized that the bill does not prevent abortions.

The Democratic women of the senate walked out in protest of the vote.

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Ohio Senate GOP Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban

Nina Liss-Schultz

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved a ban on abortion after 20 weeks' gestation only hours after it went through committee.

The Ohio Senate’s GOP majority on Wednesday approved a ban on abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation only hours after it went through committee. SB 127, which anti-choice group Ohio Right to Life called its “legislative priority” this year, was passed after exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother were removed from the measure.

The bill passed in a 23-9 vote and will now move to the Republican-led state house for approval.

The bans are unconstitutional—abortion is protected by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey until the point of viability—and rest on evidence disputed by the medical community that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks’ gestation.

Ohio is one of at least ten states to introduce so-called fetal pain abortion bans this year. A similar ban was passed in West Virginia after the GOP-majority state legislature overrode the governor’s veto. The Wisconsin Senate passed a so-called fetal pain bill this month.

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The South Carolina legislature will next January take up a 20-week ban despite arguments between conservative legislators that the bill was too lenient because it included exceptions for rape and incest. Those exceptions were eventually removed.

Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis, who also serves on the state medical board, called SB 127 “the most important piece of legislation Ohio Right to Life has passed in quite a long time,” adding that the measure is “a strategic step into hopefully some day ending abortion.”

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Wisconsin Senate Approves Unconstitutional 20-Week Abortion Ban

Nina Liss-Schultz

The GOP-majority Wisconsin State Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization, a measure that Gov. Scott Walker has pledged he will sign if it gets to his desk.

The GOP-majority Wisconsin State Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization, a measure that Gov. Scott Walker has pledged he will sign if it gets to his desk.

Eleven Republican state senators introduced SB 179 in late May, along with an identical state assembly bill. Both bills would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks based on the dubious claim that the fetus can feel pain at that point. That claim has been disputed by the medical community, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association.

The measure passed on Tuesday would allow “the woman on whom the abortion was performed or attempted, and the father of the unborn child, unless the pregnancy is the result of sexual assault or incest,” to sue the attending physician if the abortion happens after the 20-week mark, a felony crime punishable with three and a half years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Though the measure would create an exception when the woman is experiencing a medical emergency, the bill states that in such a case, the physician must terminate the pregnancy in a way that “provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.”

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The bill would also require that the physician tell the pregnant person, orally and in writing, “of the probable postfertilization age of the unborn child and the numerical odds of survival for an unborn child delivered at the probable postfertilization age,” along with other state-mandated counseling given 24 hours before the abortion.

The physician would also have to tell the pregnant person about the availability of perinatal hospice.

The bill was sent to the assembly for approval after being passed by the senate this week. An identical assembly bill, AB 237, was given a public hearing last week.

“The state has a compelling state interest to not inflict extreme pain and torture on children,” said state Sen. Mary Lazich, the senate president and SB 179 sponsor.

Twenty-week bans haven’t held up to legal scrutiny in other states, and have been blocked in Arizona, Georgia, and Idaho.

Walker, a GOP presidential candidate who had just this year said that the right to terminate a pregnancy is protected by the Supreme Court, in March announced that he would sign a 20-week ban on abortion.

At least 13 states have introduced 20 weeks bans this year. West Virginia’s is the only one, so far, to become law.

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