Georgia senate eases restrictions in abortion bill Max Slater at 1:10 PM ET
[JURIST] The Georgia State Senate [official website] approved legislation [voice vote] on Monday that eases the restrictions on abortion imposed by a bill [HB 954] passed by the Georgia House of Representatives [official website] earlier in March. The House bill banned women from obtaining an abortion five months into pregnancy [JURIST report]. The amended Senate bill loosened the House bill's restrictions by permitting women to receive an abortion after five months into her pregnancy if a doctor determines that the fetus has a fatal defect [AP report]. Georgia State Senator John Bulloch [official website], who voted for the amended bill, said that it would give women who learn that their unborn child would not be able to survive outside the womb the ability to terminate their pregnancy. It is unclear whether the House will accept the Senate's amended bill.
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