South Georgia lawmaker responds to Senate passage of adoption overhaul bill

South Georgia lawmaker responds to Senate passage of adoption overhaul bill
(Source: WALB)
Sen. Greg Kirk of Americus said the Senate passed the bill over to the House last week. (Source: WALB)
Sen. Greg Kirk of Americus said the Senate passed the bill over to the House last week. (Source: WALB)

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia House of Representatives will soon consider a bill to overhaul the state's adoption laws for the first time in several decades.

Several south Georgia lawmakers have agreed it's time to take this step.

Sen. Greg Kirk of Americus said the Senate passed the bill over to the House last week.

Kirk said the Senate did change something in the bill that he fought against, that an 18-year-old mother could sign away parental rights within days of the birth, and it would be irrevocable.

"That same 18-year-old mother could purchase a car at any dealership in the state of Georgia, and by law, take that car back and hand them the keys and say I changed my mind (within a certain amount of time)," explained Kirk. "Certainly, giving up parental rights is a much bigger decision than purchasing a vehicle."

Last week, Governor Nathan Deal commended the Senate for passing the bill, but he also warned that he has concerns about the piece of legislation.

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