ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia would ban most abortions five months into a pregnancy under a bill that anti-abortion groups say will prevent fetuses from feeling pain, a point of contention among doctors.
The legislation passed Tuesday by a vote of 102-65 in the House. It now heads to the state Senate.
If enacted, Georgia would become the sixth state to enact such a law. Abortion is legal in Georgia, but it can only be done during the third trimester to protect the life or health of the mother.
Republican Rep. Doug McKillip, the bill sponsor, said the measure demonstrates Georgia's commitment to life.
His critics, including several women lawmakers from both parties, said the proposal would prevent mothers from aborting fetuses so damaged they could live only briefly outside the womb.