PSC ends plan to steer $10k to anti-abortion group

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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials have abandoned a proposal to steer a $10,000 fine from a telephone company to an anti-abortion charity.

The elected regulators on Georgia's Public Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to send a $10,000 fine from Peerless Network of Georgia LLC to the state treasury.

Public Service Commissioner H. Doug Everett had earlier proposed giving the proceeds to Care Net, a Christian charity that discourages women from having abortions and offers them financial and other support. Everett's wife serves there as an unpaid volunteer.

Commissioner Tim Echols initially supported the plan. The charity paid Echols nearly $10,000 for consulting work in 2006. He serves as an unpaid member of its local advisory board.

Attorney General Sam Olens had warned the commission that the proposal was unconstitutional.

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