Posted: 12:20 pm Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Closing the door on new abortion restrictions 

By Greg Bluestein

The crowd of hundreds of anti-abortion activists gathered outside the statehouse Wednesday gave Gov. Nathan Deal polite applause when he praised the state’s “strong” position on abortion. But after the brief address he poured cold water on a new legislative push that would tighten restrictions.

When a measure that would ban abortion coverage in state employee insurance policies  fizzled near the end of last year’s session, the governor found an executive branch work-around.

By August, the state department of community health had voted to end insurance coverage of abortion in most cases for the hundreds of thousands of public employees and their families on their plans.

Anti-abortion activists want him to go a step further. They have put their muscle behind Senate Bill 98, which would bar insurance coverage for the procedure in policies approved by the state government, as well as through the federal government under the Affordable Care Act.

Deal said Wednesday that the first thrust – the part of the legislation involving state government policies – “we took care of administratively last year.” As for the part about Obamacare, Deal said, he hasn’t specifically vetted it.

When pressed on whether he thinks it needs a legislative fix, he added this:

“I don’t think so,” he said. “I think we’ve taken care of it.”

42 comments
BigHat
BigHat

I'm investing in companies that make coat hangers; the more the GOP restricts abortion, these companies will sell more of their products and make more profit.  

Calel
Calel

The Pope said he stands with the abortion protesters. I wonder why his new liberal friends didn't run that story like they did with his capitalism comments.

AtlantaMom
AtlantaMom

Gee, money for education and no new abortion restrictions.  It must be an election year.

Boxtradamus
Boxtradamus

Dear Ms Olivia Bernard, aka Bernie31, please just STFU!!!

Bernie31
Bernie31

My Problem with their entire Argument of Abortion with Right to Life people is they want to SAVE LIVES so they CAN KILL them Slowly Later. 

These very People are against MEDICAID...MEDICAID EXPANSION,FOOD STAMPS and all other social programs that would help support this Baby and MOTHER.

They HATE and DESPISE such programs of assistance and support Political Leaders that Hold that same View....MEAN SPIRITED!

Then in the same Breath they will tell you they are Best CHRISTIAN and Jesus Followers of the World. God Fearing Jesus praising Sunday go to church meeting folks, you would ever want to see.

The TWO cannot Be One...there is no Possible to merge both realities.


Outside of the KKK, they are most Feared Americans.....NUTS!

styymy
styymy

Is this a surprise, he poured cold water on abortion restrictions just like he did with the rebel flag as he's also done with traffic congestions. Its all talk and beating of the chest to get your votes, but once they're in office you get the hand. Its such a waste of time and money. If you're Pro-Choice, good for you and yours and if you're Anti-Abortion...good for you and yours. NOBODY else needs or WANTS to know your personal views. 

Ulltraman
Ulltraman

If more BLACK women had access to abortions, our jails would not be over crowded with black men. As AG Holder pointed out that the jails in America are over flowing with black men. These moral morons and their church have NO right to tell someone what they can or cannot do with their body. Abortion is cheaper than taking care of an unwanted kid that may force the mother to go on welfare.  Unless it has a SS#, it is not a baby!  But of course if you ask these moral morons to take care of the kid, they'd say "I'm not taking care of someoneelses kid." Keep Abortion Legal.

honested
honested

What a great time to pass the only legislation needed for abortion considerations in the State of Georgia.


Call it the 'If You Don't Want an Abortion, Don't Get One' law.


Reproductive freedom isn't up to the state or any organized superstition. What part of that does the Georgia gop not get?

Bernie31
Bernie31

I do not think that a MAN should have a VOICE on the issue of ABORTION until he himself can pass a BOWLING BALL through his own Bowels.

Afterwards and only then should WE actually Listen to what HE has to SAY!

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

One Ryder: No it is Freedom as they see it, not as to how others may want or need it!

funnygrlga
funnygrlga

So if you have a government plan, either because that is where you work or Obamacare, conservatives are against insurance covered abortions...


Doesn't that create more problems in the future???


A woman is forced to carry out the pregnancy, chances are....


The birth mother and the baby will have health issues due to lack of care.

The birth mother will have to go through 10 months of body changes, morning sickness, swollen body parts, and will probably have to miss work for doctor appointments and sick days.

Not to mention the emotional aspect that goes right along with being pregnant.

Carrying the unborn and then have to make a choice to give it up for adoption.

New born will be at a higher risk of abuse.

Conservatives tend to vote against welfare, birth control or any Planned Parenthood program, forcing these women into black hole.   Women who need insurance to cover this procedure, will not be better off after they have a child!  Americans are going to be paying one way or another, but why risk a newborn baby's life.


~Thankful Mother of 2

P.S.  I am sure there are no objections for Viagra to be covered!!!

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Well , sorry to be blunt, but do you pay for abortion thru healthcare or do you pay for the healthcare and welfare of an unwanted child???? In most cases the parent(s) can't care for the child, or support it, or ignores their responsibility and the child's future is compromised.


The choice is between the child's parents, their God (S) and their physician.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Dear Leader in essence said to the crowd I am ONE of YOU! I don't like it but I must remain SILENT for NOW!


No Need in stirring UP the Bee's Hive so soon....Jimmy's grandson is Breathing Down My Neck and besides Arthur promised me the best seats in the House from NOW ON.


WE know we can't Trust EVE (Woman), she has to be Controlled and told what to DO. and BY golly that is how we will DO it!


After I WIN, she will PAY! and Pay DEARLY.

OneRyder
OneRyder

We scream "freedom" but we really want freedom to control others. Sorta like supporting "freedom" while supporting the right to enslave others. Pro-Choice is freedom. Stay out of our bedrooms conservatives.

Bernie31
Bernie31

The WOMEN of AMERICA want their FREEDOM....PERIOD! 

They want The RNC, TEA PARTY, And state Party's out of the ROOM with their PHYSICIAN.

Making decisions on CHOICES that should be made between the PATIENT and Doctor ALONE.

A definition of FREEDOM.....CHOICE.

Brother DEAL is already DESPISED by most Women in Georgia anyway. The POLLS say he makes them feel CREEP ED OUT. with other phrases like .....Please do not Leave me....Or Help! ,  I think I see a SERIAL Killer.....I Need a Shower. are more the notable responses in agreement.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

I'd support means testing for insurance coverage of elective abortion.  Potential parents who aren't qualified for Obamacare subsidies should pay for it themselves, and the poorer potential parents who can't afford either more children or the procedure get it covered by insurance.  


What say liberals and conservatives here?

Bernie31
Bernie31

The Dummy President Wins Again.......MOSES!  MOSES! MOSES!

Save Us from these Philistines.....From these speakers with forked tongues.

FREEDOM always Rises to the CHALLENGE!  ALWAYS!

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

When abortion was illegal, women simply had illegal abortions.  They will NEVER stop.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

I'm mildly pro-choice (also secular and for a Buffet rule income tax rate hence not a Republican), but not crazy about insurance coverage of non-medically necessary elective abortions.  But unlike the left and right wings of the political parties - this is not a hot button issue for me (centrist).

EdUktr
EdUktr

In France and Germany abortions are only permitted up to the 12th week, unless the mother's life is in real danger. In Sweden, up to 18 weeks.

As we know from liberals—the Europeans always know best.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Roe v. Wade will not be repealed, so this is merely a wedgie issue designed to drive the base to the polls.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

That is good news for GA. We have coat hanger manufacturers here.

After all...There is little tjose communities ate equipped to do other than twist metal given our education system

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Calel  -  Surely The POPE does not stand with the Protesters Vile treatment of the Poor and Needy of America. Surely the POPE would support Medicaid expansion and increased Foodstamps for Hungry Americans. But not these protesters....They Worship The Angel of Light.

honested
honested

@AtlantaMom 

Only the 'money for education' just barely makes up for the cuts in just the LAST TWO YEARS!

We will still be a decade behind where we should be.

exilist
exilist

I like to put the right wing anti-choice viewpoint this way: "How are we gonna defund their (fill in the blank, eg: student lunch program, education, etc) if they've never been born?!"

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Ulltraman- Very harsh.  This is not a black or white issue - as many point out there are more whites on welfare than blacks.  There is a cultural problem of children born out of wedlock, and even married couples having children they can not afford.

Abortion IS legal and there is no credible threat for that very long term right to be taken away.  Limits on insurance coverage for those who can afford it, and limits on how many weeks of a pregnancy where elective abortions can be performed do not seem to be too onerous to me.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@honested The Georgia GOP like the rest of the GOP are TRULY FREEDOM HATERS!

Surely You know they are The Political Party that SNUFFED OUT the (4th) Fourth Amendment.with a single Drunken signature From George W. Bush after Midnight on a Sunday evening while America Slept.

We awakened with a New Law Named "THE PATRIOT ACT"

The actual KILLER of the (4th) Fourth Amendment in the Name of Security because George Bush, FAILED to DO HIS JOB!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@OneRyder - Our Conservative Brethren are a Bit Confused on the word FREEDOM...They LOVE The WORD FREEDOM and IDEA Of it.......But NOT its ACTUAL Practice.

For If They were TRULY a FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE, they would be able to SEE such a DENIAL of Healthcare decisions on one SPECIES .........is NOT FREEDOM!

Such a behavior is more in line with the TALIBAN....The Bearded MULLAHS.

Yep, Those Guys!

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

If it is offered as part of the health insurance policy the payor purchases, what business is it of any other individual, state or organized superstition to weigh in on the coverage?

When will the Georgia gop come to grips with the simple fact this choice is not up to them?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Jefferson1776- This blog item is not about stopping abortions, but insurance coverage for elective ones.  Should liposuction, face lifts, and boob jobs also be covered?

MoFaux
MoFaux

@EdUktr Not correct. Abortions in France are permitted past the 12th week for a lot of different cases (dangerous to mom, incurable problems with baby, etc.).  The 12 week limit is for "abortion on demand".

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@EdUktr So you imply that you are also for abortion.  Thank you for the clarification on your stance that you are okay with abortions up to the 12th week. ;) 

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

And in Israel, the darling of cons everywhere, the government has decided to pay for all abortions for women between the ages of 20 and 33.

NWGAL
NWGAL

@The_Centrist Great that you compare an abortion with a boob job, I guess because it is a woman's body? Viagra is elective, tubal ligations and vasectomies are elective, tonsil removal is elective, even pregnancies are elective - should all of those be unfunded as well?

SK60
SK60

If you don't believe that's the ultimate goal you are living with our head in the sand.  I personally could not have an abortion but it's not for me todecide what is best for someone else. It should be between th woman, God, and her doctor. 

BK37
BK37

Burn!!!!!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@The-Centrist 

Don't we give Israel tax-payer money? Odd that their collective thongs aren't in a twist over tax-payer $$ funding Israeli abortions.