ATLANTA-- Today is Crossover Day in the Georgia legislature. It means bills must pass at least one legislative chamber to move forward by the end of Monday's session.
The Senate is scheduled to consider more than 30 bills before the midnight deadline. A controversial abortion bill was among them.
Senate Bill 98 would eliminate abortion coverage for state employees participating in the State Health Benefit Plan. It would also cut coverage for anyone participating in the healthcare exchange through the Affordable Care Act. Under ACA law, abortion coverage is up to each state.
There are exceptions for pregnant mothers facing a medical emergency, but there is no exception for incest or rape.
It passed the Senate 35-18 after being amended in committee.
Senators Judson Hill (R), Bill Heath (R), Steve Gooch (R), William Ligon (R). Butch Miller (R), and Barry Loudermilk (R) are sponsors. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle has also gone on record in support of bill.
In 2012, a group of female senators walked out of the Senate in protest of what they called a "war on women." The Senate voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks and limit medical coverage.
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