Good start for choice 

Abortion rights activists worried that Rep. Terry Coleman's, D-Eastman, ascension to the speaker's chair would not necessarily mean a woman's right to choose would enjoy the same protection it did under Speaker Tom Murphy.

Coleman, after all, had expressed a willingness to allow anti-abortion bills to be debated on the House floor, something that didn't happen under Murphy's reign. But one important measure of Coleman's commitment to Roe came with the assignment of anti-abortion bills to committee.

Murphy always sent them to the Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by an ardent pro-choicer, Rep. Tom Bordeaux, D-Savannah. There, the bills would die.

So far, Coleman has followed Murphy's lead, sending anti-abortion legislation, including the so-called "woman's right to know" bill, which mandates a 24-hour waiting period, to Bordeaux's committee.

Committee assignments were expected to be finalized Tuesday, and that may well be the final determination of how much debate House anti-abortion bills receive.

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