Coathanger lobby update: Georgia.

In an absolute masterstroke of cruelty, the Georgia GOP has ensured that non-viable pregnancies are even more painful and traumatic for women and fetuses.

Seriously, you cannot make this shit up:

  Georgia Brings Back 20 Week Ban With “Compromise,” Fistfights and Protests Ensue

The Republicans in the Georgia legislature managed to find a “compromise” that would allow them to finally pass a 20 week ban on abortions.  The Senate proposal to exclude “medically futile” pregnancies was accepted by the House and voted through, effectively banning abortion after 20 weeks for any fetus except those with “profound and ‘irremediable’ anomalies that would be ‘incompatible with sustaining life after birth.'”

With the new law in place, any abortion performed after 20 weeks must be “be done in a way to bring the fetus out alive.” In other words, an abortion would likely be performed by inducing labor in order to attempt to have a live birth of a fetus, despite the fetus having physical anomalies that render it non-viable after birth, and even when the abortion is being performed prior to viability (usually about 24 weeks due to lung development).

Many medically futile pregnancies are not discovered until after 20 weeks.  Now, instead of having an abortion procedure performed as quickly, safely and comfortably as possible for the already traumatized woman, she has to perform a live birth to satisfy these amoral monsters. Then she can watch the fetus slowly expire.  Even if she does not watch this unnecessary suffering, what possible reason could there be for not terminating the life of a nonviable fetus as quickly as possible?  Note that this forced-birth-for-nonviable-fetuses exception was a “compromise” on a total ban after 20 weeks.

Still, this is a good sign:

Senate Democratic women for the second time this session walked out after HB 954 passed their chamber. Sporting yellow police tape, they marched into the hallways and, joined with other HB 954 opponents, shouted “we will remember!” loud enough to be heard through closed doors. “The GOP war on women is alive and well in Georgia,” said Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta. Within the hour, the bill passed the House on a 106-59 vote. Democrats turned their backs on McKillip in protest.

It would have been an even better sign if their Democratic male colleagues had joined the women senators in protest, but as some @$$hole once said, “you go to war with the army you have—not the army you might want.”

Governor Nathan Deal is expected to sign HB 954 into law.

It must be nice that the panty-sniffers in the Georgia legislature have no other problems in the state to contend with so they can turn their full, undivided attention to torturing women and medically nonviable fetuses.  Why, Georgia must be entirely problem free — otherwise, we’d have to assume that vicious cruelty to women was actually a priority.  And gosh, that just couldn’t possibly be true.  Could it?

[via rhrealitycheck]

One thought on “Coathanger lobby update: Georgia.

  1. This is a whole new level of low from the GOP. The needless suffering deaths of every woman is on these legislators hands.

    I’ll try and come back when I’ve calmed down a little, right now I’m just to angry to put together a coherent comment. Thanks Iris for taking the time to keep us up to date on this.

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