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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Fetal Pain Bill Day

In March, female house democrats draped themselves in caution tape to demonstrate opposition to HB 954
  • Joeff Davis
  • In March, female house democrats draped themselves in caution tape to demonstrate opposition to HB 954

Fetuses can breathe (or whatever) more easily today.

Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law HB 954, Georgia's "Fetal Pain" bill, which asserts that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks, therefore abortions will now be illegal at or after 20 weeks.

The bill does make an exception for "medically futile" pregnancies (i.e. situations in which a fetus will not survive outside the womb) and those that have the potential to kill or seriously injure the mother. It does not, however, make an exception for instances of rape or incest.

Signers of a Change.org petition urging Deal to veto the bill worried it gives the government too much control over women's reproductive rights and puts doctors who perform abortions in legal jeopardy. One woman wrote, "Politicians should not play doctor."

Georgia Right to Life, on the other hand, applauded the bill, saying it has the potential to save 1,500 lives each year.

You can read your uterus' new owners manual here. The bill goes into effect on January 1.

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