HB 954, the bill to shorten the period of time in which a woman could seek an abortion, died this afternoon – a major defeat for pro-life forces. And House Speaker David Ralston just made sure everyone understood: It was the Senate’s fault.
The Senate substantively changed the bill on Monday, including an exception for “medically futile” pregnancies. The House refused to budge this afternoon, and Senate Republicans couldn’t persuade enough of their number to back off.
Said the speaker:
”This bill left this house as a structured proposition, the Senate amendment constituted an automatic disagree. It has gone back to the Senate. They have insisted on their substitute to the bill.
“The chair is not of the opinion that the Senate has the resolve at this time to deal with this bill. So at this point, there will not be a committee on conference appointed.”
In other words, Ralston can argue that he was on the side of Georgia Right to Life, but was thwarted by stubborn, more moderate forces in the Senate. In the process, he spared both chambers a bitter debate over the issue on Thursday, the final day of the session.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider