In previous legislative reports, I have dealt mainly with economic issues facing the state. This week’s report, however, centers on a major social issue that is often in the news and was addressed by the Georgia House last week.
On Wednesday the House approved legislation known as the Fetal Pain Bill. A large part of the afternoon was spent debating this issue. If passed by the Senate and signed into law by the Governor, it is estimated that over 1500 healthy babies would be saved each year in Georgia. Other states have put into law the same legislation, and so far there have been no objections by the courts, according to Right to Life proponents. House Bill 954 received 102 votes. This was 11 more than needed for passage.