The Georgia Legislature is preparing for a senate vote on a 20-week abortion ban based on the disproven idea that fetuses “feel pain” at that point. But the bill’s sponsor is going beyond advocating for the ban — he’s outright arguing against medical experts brought in to testify.
Bill sponsor Rep. Doug McKillip, who has called the practice of late term abortions “barbaric,” despite the fact that the vast majority are done because of fetal anomalies, is now accusing expert medical witnesses of just trying to kill the bill.
[T]he sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Doug McKillip, summarily dismissed the threshold of 28 weeks [before a fetus has the potential to feel pain, as doctors testified]. “Does anybody believe that? Absolutely not,” he told the panel, in effect calling the medical experts liars. “They are just looking for a reason to say no to this bill.”
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In asking for an exception that would at least allow “medically futile” pregnancies to be ended, [Dr. Andrew] Dott told the panel that he delivered his first baby in an elevator in medical school 45 years ago. In all his years of practice, he told the panel, “I have never seen a patient who electively aborted a normal pregnancy greater than 20 weeks.”
McKillip blithely dismissed that claim as well. In fact, he repeatedly treated medical experts testifying against his bill with a zealot’s scorn verging on downright contempt. Contradicting Dott, he insisted that “grand majority” of abortions performed Georgia past the 20th week are abortions of convenience. But again, he cited nothing more than his own considerable moral certitude as evidence.
Who are you more likely to trust your medical care to: a man who went to med school, or one who just legislates as if he did?