Governor Nathan Deal (R) of Georgia has signed that state’s version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law. Georgia is the sixth state to enact this life-saving law, whose original version was crafted by constitutional experts at National Right to Life.
The Pain-Capable law makes it illegal to perform an abortion on an unborn child who is developed enough to feel pain. The law is now protecting children against horrific late abortions in Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma and Alabama. The Minnesota legislature also passed the law, but it was vetoed by pro-abortion Governor Mark Dayton (D).
The Georgia legislature added a weakening amendment late in the process that pro-lifers did not support, but the law is still expected to save the 1,000 to 1,500 unborn children who were being killed in late abortions in abortion mills in the Atlanta area. Atlanta had developed into a center for late abortions in recent years.
The pain bill took shape when National Right to Life attorneys analyzing Supreme Court decisions saw an opening to pass new legislation not previously allowed by earlier Courts’ interpretations of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973. Our attorneys’ judgment has proven to be astute, as to date, the Pain-Capable laws in all six states stand without a successful court challenge.
The bill has also been introduced in several other states and NRLC is working to get Congress to pass a similar ban for the federal District of Columbia, where abortion is currently unlimited right up to the moment of birth.
You can help National Right to Life continue to develop legislation that saves lives, prevents suffering of both unborn babies and their mothers, and challenges earlier court rulings on abortion. Please help all the unborn babies whose lives depend on the passage of more pro-life legislation with your generous contribution today!
Thank you, and for the more than 1,000 unborn babies whose lives will now be saved in Georgia each year, we thank God and we thank you for the support that makes it possible!
Carol Tobias, President