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GA lawmakers to debate abortion

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia lawmakers could be headed toward a major debate over abortion. 

A pre-bill proposed a change to Georgia's constitution that would stand up for the right to life for every human being regardless of age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency, potentially banning abortion. If Georgia lawmaker decide to take up the amendment, it would define what the state considers a paramount right to life.

At Sherwood's Alpha Pregnancy Center, they support the lawmakers effort to provide protections for the state's unborn children.

"Anything the state would do to encourage the woman to protect her and protect the unborn. I believe since 1973 there's been a lot of measures as I understand about 500 measures that states all over the country have put in to try and encourage the life of the unborn," said David Smith, Alpha Pregnancy Center.

David Smith says at one of southwest Georgia's middle schools 15 out of 30 pregnant middle schoolers have already had an abortion before they reach high school. The pre-bill proposed by Representative martin Scott of Dade and Walker Counties is expected to come before the house in January.

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