May 10, 2012
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law bills banning late-term abortions and making it a felony to assist in suicides, WORLD News Service reports. Perhaps the most significant of the new laws is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013, and will move Georgia from having one of the most liberal abortion policies nationwide to becoming a state with one of the strictest. Currently, abortions may be obtained in the state for almost any reason throughout the entire pregnancy, but under the new law, abortions cannot be performed after the 20th week of pregnancy. The National Right to Life Committee estimates the change will save as many as 1,500 babies annually.