Abortion Surfaces as runoff issue for Ga. Lawmaker

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATLANTA, GA - June 3, 2012

The sponsor of a new law tightening abortion restrictions in Georgia is getting a primary challenge from a woman who says the measure is too intrusive.

Regina Quick is running against Republican state Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens in the July 31 primary.

McKillip was the sponsor of a new law banning abortions after five months of pregnancy, except when doctors diagnose a fatal defect in a fetus. Women have previously been able to get abortions for any reason until the sixth month.

McKillip has argued that abortion should be largely illegal at the five-month mark, when he says fetuses can feel pain.

Quick told the Athens Banner-Herald that she opposes abortion but believes women and doctors should decide when to end a pregnancy between the fifth and sixth months, a period she calls a legal and medical gray area.

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