"Georgia Governor Approves Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks With No Exception For Rape Or Incest"
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a controversial “fetal pain” bill into law yesterday, which bans most abortions after 20 weeks with exceptions to save the life of the mother and if the fetus has extreme defects that make survival unlikely. The bill has no exception for rape or incest. Lawmakers based the legislation on the widely disputed claim that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks gestation, and Georgia is the seventh state to approve such a law. State laws already prevented most abortions in the third trimester. Deal argued the new law added “humane protection to innocents capable of feeling pain,” but Planned Parenthood officials said it would limit women’s access to health care.