With just minutes left in the 2012 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers passed a bill late Thursday night that will ban abortion care after 20 weeks in the state.
Although the House and Senate leadership disagreed about adding an exception for cases of rape, incest, or when an abortion is necessary due to fetal diagnoses, they agreed to move forward with the bill with the exception included.
Senate Democratic women walked out after HB 954 passed their chamber and joined with other HB 954 opponents. Sporting yellow police tape, they marched into the hallways and shouted "we will remember" loud enough to be heard through closed doors. "The GOP war on women is alive and well in Georgia," said Senator Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta.
If signed by the Governor, this law will go into effect in January 2013.