GA bill would make abortions punishable by prison time

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — It’s one of the most polarizing issues out there, abortion. Now a bill has been introduced in Georgia to consider “full protection of innocent life” if Roe-vs-Wade is overturned by the US Supreme Court.

If this bill is passed, it would come with consequences. The bill says anyone who gets an abortion in Georgia would get up to 10 years in prison and as much as a $100,000 fine. Some people find that reasonable, while others say that’s harsh.

“I don’t think it’s fair to put somebody in jail and charge them money for something that was their own body,” said Brianna McDonald, who is against the bill.

“I don’t find it harsh because you might as well look at it as having an abortion as being murder,” said a woman who wishes to remain anonymous and is for the bill.

It’s a controversial topic with a lot of different opinions.

“I feel like I should be banned all over the world,” said the anonymous woman.

This woman doesn’t want to show her face but says she’s been there.

“I’ve made a couple mistakes in my life having abortions but at the same time I realize later on down the road that children are a blessing,” said the anonymous.

She says she didn’t have a choice because she was only 14 during her first abortion. Now in her late 20’s, she says the decision still haunts her.

“I always question myself you know like am I going to go to hell for this, what would my baby have looked like, you know I feel like a horrible person,” said the anonymous woman.

Brianna McDonald says it should be the mother’s choice, not the government.

“I do feel like people should think about it; really consider abortion before they do it you know but I do feel it is your choice because it is your body,” said McDonald.

Everyday protesters stand out in front of an abortion clinic in Augusta.

“If you don’t have any relation to the woman and you get into somebody’s face with those awful posters I feel that’s not fair you’re not in that position to make that judgment,” said McDonald.

The bill does give some exceptions to abortion that McDonald does agree with like in cases of rape, incest or medical issue. But this woman says it doesn’t matter, a life is a life.

“You’re taking an innocent child’s life that didn’t ask to be here,” said the anonymous woman.

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