Next in line in what many are calling the “war-on-women” is Georgia, the 25th state with a new bill banning abortions. This bill was quietly pushed through and approved by a state senate committee on Thursday, February 20, 2014 and reviewed again on February 24, 2014.
After a similar bill failed to gain enough votes to pass legislation in Georgia, the state health board pushed through this administrative bill, which will ban all insurance plans within Georgia from covering abortion care except to prevent death of the mother or in extreme medical circumstances not including the need for cancer treatments. This bill is somewhat less extreme than that of the highly controversial Michigan ban, which only allows abortion if the mother will die should she carry to term and she will only be covered by insurance if she purchased the additional rider.
Unlike Michigan, there is no alternate abortion insurance available but Georgia will allow for consideration if the mother will experience “serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function”. This bill does not allow medical assistance for instances of rape, incest or if the mother will harm herself or her unborn child due to her psychological condition.
In March of 2012, all of the female senators walked out in response to a bill put forward by an all male majority.
Abortions should not be performed after 20 weeks of gestation. Abortions at this stage of the pregnancy would normally only be performed in instances where the child would not survive or if the mother’s health was in question to carry the pregnancy to term such as the mother’s need for chemotherapy which would mean that the fetus would not survive.
More states are banning insurance coverage as a means of circumventing the highly controversial Roe v Wade. The 1971 case filed by Norma McCorvey, and known in court documents as Jane ROE against Henry WADE, the district attorney of Dallas County from 1951 to 1987, who enforced a Texas law that prohibited abortion, except to save a woman's life.
Many of these new bills being passed use similar terms in enforcing the ban “except to save a woman’s life”.
An additional bill was presented in January by a female majority for Reproductive Freedom.
While the intentions may be good, the manner in which the states are going about passing these bans, and the health considerations that are not being included make many of these bills appear as though this is a war-on-women. Something that affects so many should go to a democratic and state-wide vote. However, there are no state-wide votes on these bills. These bills often do not allow for medical issues and often don’t consider instances of psychological trauma, age of the mother, viable pregnancy, and other issues.
These bills should be challenged so that they are properly written to cover the necessary scenarios, and are then heard and voted on by the public.
The final statement of the bill notes “All laws or parts of laws in conflict with this act are repealed.”