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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:06 PM

Ga. judge temporarily blocks abortion law

Source: AP

A state judge has temporarily suspended a Georgia law that would ban abortions for women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant.

The General Assembly passed the law earlier this year and it was set to take effect Jan. 1. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs blocked the law in a Friday order as part of a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

Downs will rule later on the merits of the ACLU's challenge.

The law bans doctors from performing abortions five months after an egg is fertilized, except when they decide a fetus has a defect so severe it is unlikely to live. The law also makes an exception to protect the life or health of the mother, though that does not apply to a mother's mental health.




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cal04 Dec 2012 OP
musical_soul Dec 2012 #1
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Humanist_Activist Dec 2012 #4
Politicub Dec 2012 #5
Zoeisright Dec 2012 #6
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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:26 PM

1. What would be wrong with this law?

The only thing I can see wrong with it is that it allows an exception for birth defects. The only exception should be life endangerment.

We're not talking about a fertilized egg or even an early pregnancy. We're talking about a fetus/baby that has arms, legs, heart, and a developing brain. This should not be allowed on demand.

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Response to musical_soul (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:41 PM

3. It creates a real problem with amniocentesis

The procedure can't be performed before the 16th week without risks to the fetus, and it takes 2-3 weeks for the results to come back. This law doesn't give much time to make the heartbreaking decision about whether to go ahead with an abortion and then schedule it.

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Response to musical_soul (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:59 PM

4. What the fuck? So women should be forced to carry fetuses that can never survive outside...

their womb because of your infantile beliefs?

ON EDIT: On further examination of your post is even worse, what about the woman's health? Does that matter at all to you outside of her being just healthy enough to be an incubator, because it sure doesn't seem like it.

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Response to musical_soul (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:00 PM

5. It's not your business or choice to make

It's up to the mother and the mother alone.

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Response to musical_soul (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:12 PM

6. How about it's none of your fucking business?

The decision is between a woman and her doctor. YOU have NOTHING to do with it.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:47 PM

2. While I support the right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy if she so chooses...

I think it's also useful to remember that even a 20-week gestational limit for abortion would make the Georgia law one of the most liberal in the world. The time limit in most of Europe is 12 weeks. However it's also useful to note that the American Medical Association and the UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have both found that there's no scientific or medical basis for lowering the time limit before 24 weeks (as even at 24 weeks, foetal viability is less than 50%).

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