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May 1-- Senator Tommie Williams (R-Lyons) was present today as Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a pro-life bill that will reduce the maximum weeks in which an abortion can be performed from 26 to 20 weeks. HB 954 will effectively eliminate most abortions in Georgia after the midway point of pregnancy.

{mosimage}“At the beginning of the 2012 legislative session, the Senate Majority Party made a commitment to protecting Georgia’s children. HB 954 extends this protection to children who do not yet have a voice but have fully defined human attributes, including the ability to experience pain,” said Sen. Williams. “All human life is sacred, including the lives of those who are yet to be born.”

The bill makes an exception for pregnancies deemed “medically futile,” or those in which a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly is present and would not allow the fetus to survive outside the womb.

HB 954 was co-sponsored by Sen. Williams and Rep. Doug McKillip (R-Athens), and will become effective on January 1, 2013.