Stand up to cruel legislation against Women's Health in Georgia
  • Petitioned Georgia Governor

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Georgia Governor
Georgia State Senate
Georgia State House
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State Rep. Matthew Ramsey
Georgia-020
State Rep. Michael Caldwell
Georgia-034
State Rep. Charles Gregory
Georgia-035
State Rep. Ed Setzler
Georgia-102
State Rep. Buzz Brockway
Georgia-014
State Rep. Christian Coomer
Georgia-179
State Rep. Alex Atwood
Georgia-027
State Rep. Lee Hawkins
Georgia-177
State Rep. Dexter Sharper
Georgia-068
State Rep. Dustin Hightower

Stand up to cruel legislation against Women's Health in Georgia

    1. Feminist Women's  Health Center
    2. Petition by

      Feminist Women's Health Center

      Atlanta, GA

Please sign our updated petition, now targeted at the Senate & Lt. Governor!

 

House Bill 954 (HB 954) seeks to restrict abortions regardless of a woman’s medical circumstances. Most women with high-risk pregnancies, who know that their own health or their fetuses are at risk, must have every medical option — including ending the pregnancy —to consider in consultation with medical professionals, religious advisers, family members, and other people they trust. And certainly, women and their families should not be forced to adhere to legislative directives that are based on unsound medical science or unapproved clinical practice.

Read Jay Bookman's blog about this bill: Georgia anti-abortion bill strikes at heart of personal liberty - http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2012/02/22/georgia-anti-abortion-bill-strikes-personal-liberty/?cxntfid=blogs_jay_bookman_blog

You Should Know: 

~ Every woman’s pregnancy is different.  HB 954 leaves no exception for serious fetal anomalies that would present during the middle weeks of a pregnancy. Most pregnant women undergo an anatomy scan ultrasound at approximately 20 weeks.  Often, when a scan indicates a potential, serious complication, the physician may ask the woman to wait an additional week or so before returning for additional testing.  Thus, HB 954 could force a woman to carry a fetus to term in cases where serious physical deformities, injuries or a fatal condition present during this critical time in a pregnancy or to terminate a pregnancy early in order to comply with the requirements of HB 954.   

~ Later abortions are rare.  Nationally, less than 1.4% of abortions occur past 20 weeks.

~ HB 954 eliminates the ability of physicians to consider a woman’s mental health or illness and the potential that she may commit suicide and/or self-inflict “substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function” in deciding whether or not a termination is medically appropriate.  Physicians should be able to use their judgment in such circumstances and the bill should include an exception that covers mental health. 

~ HB 954 contains no exception for rape or incest.

~  HB 954 is unconstitutional because it fails to adequately protect women’s health.  HB 954 allows abortions after 20 weeks gestation only when the physician determines that “in reasonable medical judgment that an abortion is necessary to avert the death of the pregnant woman or avert serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”  The Supreme Court has repeatedly required an exception for circumstances when abortion “is necessary, in appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health” of the woman.

~  HB 954 does not require protection of the identity of the physicians, who performed or attempted to perform the abortions, in the public report to be published by the Dept. of Community Health.  There are a number of cases of murder and violence against physicians who perform legal abortions in the U.S.  This would place OB/GYN’s and Emergency Room Physicians in Georgia at serious personal risk when complying with the reporting requirements of HB 954.  In addition, a fiscal note should be required to determine the cost and staff resources available in the Dept. of Community Health for data collection and reporting.

~  There is no “substantial medical evidence” that fetuses are capable of feeling pain as indicated in the findings of HB 954. The prevailing scientific understanding, endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, is that the capacity for functional pain perception may begin around week 29-30—well into the third trimester.  The word “may” is used as there is increasing evidence that the fetus remains in continuous sleep-like unconsciousness or sedation while in-utero, suggesting that amniotic fluid may act as analgesia throughout the pregnancy.

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    • Linda Knoblauch WICHITA, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      This is so rediculous. Why are men still telling women what to do with their bodies. Is Perry and the rest of these men going to pay for an unwanted child the rest of their life? Why don't they check their bibles and ask God what he thinks of all the dead beat dads who have never taken care of their children. Does Perry want to pay for those children?Wake up! Also what about that man who suggest that we women "put and asprin between their knees" for birth control. I mean what is this the 1500's? People cannot be this ignorant. Or can they?

      This is settting women back 40 or more years. Men need to stay out of business that has nothing to do with their bodies.

      Linda

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    • Sally Dobbins DECATUR, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I strongly believe that women have the right to determine what happens to their bodies. Abortion is a complex issue, however eliminating the right is not the way to address the complexity. Please do not take away a woman's personal liberty.

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    • Denise McLaughlin ATLANTA,, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a serious blow to women's health; any decisions about pregnancy termination should be made with her family and physician and protected by privacy; it is no one's business, especially a state's. We know that <1.5>t imposing unscientific (there is no medical evidence that a 20 week fetus feels pain) , rigid (no extenuating circumstances??) rules on families at this critical junction in their lives.

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    • Carol Tveit AVONDALE ESTATES, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Decisions concerning a woman's health should be between her and her doctor. Government does not have a role in reproductive choice.

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    • Charles Wootten ATLANTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a father of daughters, as a husband and as a physician who provides medical care for women andwho does not provide elective abortions without medical indications

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