Georgia lawmakers passed a bill on the final day of their legislative session that prompted female democrat senators to walk out of their chamber and shout, “ We will remember” in unison with protestors cloistered in the hallways outside the chamber. They will remember, and Georgia women will remember.
The bill, HB 954, bans nearly all abortions performed after the 20th week of a pregnancy. Proponents of the bill claim that at 20 weeks a fetus can feel pain, hence it should be delivered to term.
However, many medical doctors claim that a fetus is not developed enough to feel pain until the 25th week of a pregnancy.
One of the most horrifying elements of the bill — there are many — is that it includes no exception for women who are the victims of incest or rape.
This means that if a woman — a minor even — is raped by a relative, she will be forced to carry the child to term.
If this bill is signed into law by Georgia’s governor, the only way a woman will be able to get an abortion after the 20 week mark is if her pregnancy is deemed “medically futile.”
This means that a woman’s doctor would have to declare that the fetus has congenital or chromosomal defects that would prevent it from living outside of it’s mother’s womb.
Perhaps the most horrifying thing about this bill is that the version that is passed was a “compromise” version. In the original version of the bill there was no exception made, even if a fetus had no way of surviving outside of its mother’s womb — This would have forced women to carry dead fetuses to term.
Georgia doctors who continue to perform abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy on women who do not meet the restrictions of the bill could face up to ten years in prison.
It appears there is no end in sight for the Republican war on women.