Georgia House panel approves heartbeat abortion bill

GEORGIA (WDEF) — A new bill in Georgia would make it harder for women to have abortions.

The people in North Georgia overwhelmingly like the bill, however, only if it leads to less abortions.

Right now, abortions are legal in Georgia up until 20 weeks. This new legislation would outlaw abortion once the heartbeat is detected, and it just overcame it’s first hurdle in the House.

“Georgia is a state that values life. We shield the vulnerable and shelter the innocent. I applaud the health and human services committee for advancing legislation to protect the unborn. I encourage the House and the Senate to do the same. This is a powerful moment in Georgia. It’s bigger than politics and partisanship. Let’s champion life today, and ensure that all Georgians including the unborn, have a chance to live, grow and prosper,” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) said.

Georgia’s Committee for Health and Human Services passed House Bill 481 — which prohibits abortions once the heartbeat is detected.

Georgia is one of many southern states attempting to pass fetal heartbeat legislation. This, after Virginia and New York approved stricter laws allowing abortions at through the 24th week.

“This will inspire a lot of states, especially southern states that are pro-life to even strengthen their laws, just like Georgia is trying to do,” State Senator Jeff Mullis (R) said.

“We’re in the Bible belt. These are Bible believing Christian people. There’s no doubt in my mind that they think the same way, or at least similar,” Georgia resident Steven Graham said.

The new bill allows abortions after the heartbeat in the case of rape, incest and if the mother’s life is in danger.

Some Georgians believe the bill isn’t enough, but they think it’s a step in the right direction.

“If it stops people killing babies, I’m for it,” Stephen Fowler said.

“Well, we’re pro-life all the way. Bible says thou shall not kill. So we don’t believe in abortion,” Melvin and Bettey Mosely said.

“You’re killing your child. If you don’t want it, just give it to somebody. If you cannot afford having a kid, if you cannot take care of it, give it to somebody. Don’t kill it. You don’t have any rights to do it,” Ruslana Ehlers said.

Despite the overwhelming North Georgia opinion, the bill did meet strong opposition at the committee hearing yesterday. All 17 Republicans voted in favor of the bill. The remaining 14 Democrats voted against.

Senator Mullis believes the bill will pass if it makes it to the Republican-dominated Senate.

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