Georgia Governor Signs Fetal Pain Law
Nancy Smith : May 3, 2012
Georgia Right to Life
"I commend those legislators who honored the sanctity of life and did not abandon their principles." -Dan Becker, President, Georgia Right to Life
(Norcross, GA)—Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) President Dan Becker has expressed thanks to Governor Nathan Deal for signing a law that protects preborn children capable of feeling pain.
"I am deeply grateful that Governor Deal has demonstrated his commitment to protecting the preborn," Becker said, "by signing this measure, at least 1,500 babies a year will no longer be killed."
Previously, Georgia allowed abortions for almost any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy.
The new law, HB 954 sponsored by Rep. Doug McKillip (District 115), will take effect on January 1, 2013. It clearly establishes that Georgia has a "compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which they are capable of feeling pain."
That stage is now set at 20 weeks after gestation, which means no abortions can be performed after that, except in cases where it's necessary to save the life of the mother, or to end a "medically futile" pregnancy.
"While this new law represents significant progress in saving lives, a last-minute amendment that allows doctors to end so-called futile pregnancies is a first step to establishing a eugenic policy in Georgia," Becker said, "It opens the door to destroying babies doctors think may be less than perfect."
Noting that the proposal prompted a heated and emotional debate, Becker added, "I commend those legislators who honored the sanctity of life and did not abandon their principles."
Georgia now joins six other states that have passed similar laws.