SOURCE: Georgia Right to Life

May 10, 2005 13:30 ET

Woman's Right to Know Law Signed by Governor Perdue

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2005 -- Governor Sonny Perdue today signed into law the Woman's Right to Know Act at a ceremony in the Georgia State Capitol.

The bill (HB 197) passed the General Assembly with strong bi-partisan support in March. Representative Sue Burmeister sponsored the bill in the House along with Representative James Mills. Senator Renee Unterman led the passage of the bill in the Senate with the support of Senator Ralph Hudgens. This pro-woman law protects a woman in an unintended pregnancy by providing her with resources and a 24-hour "reflection period" before an abortion. During her reflection period, she is given an opportunity to receive information in a booklet or on the state website about the development of the unborn child as well as information on agencies that offer alternatives to abortion, such as, adoption services, maternity care, and medical assistance that may be available. The law also specifies the obligations of the child's father to provide support.

Caryl Swift, President of Georgia Right to Life, pointed to some of the law's key benefits for women. "The Woman's Right to Know Law gives a woman the right information to make an informed choice for her life and the life of her unborn baby. Except for abortion, informed consent requirements are common and non-controversial. Now the women of Georgia will receive accurate information and be fully informed about the resources available to them in their time of need."

Georgia is the twenty-seventh state to pass the Woman's Right to Know Act. Millions of women who have had abortions have testified throughout the country about the misleading information on which they based their decisions. "Georgia Right to Life thanks Governor Perdue and the courageous legislators of Georgia who debated this bill as they considered the rights of women versus the rights of the abortion industry," says Caryl Swift. "The Woman's Right to Know Act respects women by empowering them with the facts."

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Pat Chivers
    678-480-6865
    Director of Government Relations

    283 W. Crogan Street
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    stateoffice@grtl.org
    www.grtl.org

    PO Box 927
    Lawrenceville, GA 30046
    770-339-6880
    FAX: 770-339-1711