Georgia Senate committee hears testimony on abortion bill

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Senate committee listened to emotional testimony over a proposal that would ban most abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. The committee did not take a vote Thursday.

The state House passed a version of the bill last week, making Georgia the latest in a string of states moving to enact tough abortion restrictions.

Abortion opponents across the country are hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will either reverse Roe v. Wade, or uphold specific state laws that could undermine the court’s 1973 ruling.

Republican Rep. Ed Setzler of Acworth, the bill’s author, said the government has a paramount duty to protect the unborn.

Several obstetrician-gynecologists spoke against the bill, saying that it is riddled with inaccuracies and would worsen health care for women in Georgia.

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