The House on Wednesday passed its first major anti-abortion legislation in several years, shrinking the time a woman has to seek the procedure. From my AJC colleague Christopher Quinn:
The legislation, House Bill 954, also would tighten medical exemptions for terminating pregnancies and require any abortion performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy be done in a way to bring the fetus out alive. The measure is commonly referred to as a “fetal pain” bill and says that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks, therefore the state has an interest in protecting it.
The language of the debate was more than emotional. On the GOP side, the central debate is over Georgia Right to Life’s refusal to recognize rape, incest and the life of the mother as exceptions in the abortion debate.
Unlike some national groups, GRTL recognizes only the life of the mother as an exception – and a strict interpretation at that.
In this instance, there was an advantage to being in radio. Audio allows a certain rawness that neither print nor video can capture. Below is the Wednesday report of Parker Wallace of Georgia Public Broadcasting. In the AJC photo below, state Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, is pictured with Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon. Audio used with permission:
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider