Anti-abortion 'heartbeat bill' clears Georgia Senate panel

chicagotribune.com | 3/21/2019 | Staff
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ATLANTA Shortly after a Georgia Senate panel approved a proposal early Monday that would ban most abortions after six weeks, protestors erupted in chants as the bill's sponsor and those who voted in favor of the measure left the committee room.

Chanting "shame" and "no safe seats" as Republican lawmakers were escorted by police to an elevator, abortion rights advocates vowed to continue to fight House Bill 481, which would outlaw abortions once a doctor detects a heartbeat in the womb.

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If it passes, it would be among the strictest abortion laws in the country. Current Georgia law allows abortions to be performed until 20 weeks.

The bill's sponsor, Acworth Republican state Rep. Ed Setzler, has called the proposal a common-sense measure to recognize a fetus with a heartbeat as its own distinct person. Anti-abortion advocates have for years tried to pass laws that establish what they call "personhood" for the unborn, giving them rights.

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The panel considered three amendments from Riverdale Democratic state Sen. Valencia Seay, all which would have vastly altered the legislation. All were defeated on a party line vote of 3-2.

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Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan last week appointed state Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, to the committee to ensure the legislation's passage. The Senate Science and Technology Committee normally has two Democrats and two Republicans as members, with Buford Republican state Sen. Renee Unterman as chairwoman only voting when there is a tie.

Seay said her heart was heavy after the vote.

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