PUBLIC POLICY EDUCATION
We keep a watchful eye on local, state and national news, regulations, and public policy impacting life-affirming work. Not only do our trainings include an overview of state law and how it impacts the work of Pregnancy Help Organizations in Georgia, we also make ourselves available at the state capitol, assisting lawmakers to better understand this work, the potential impact of proposed legislation and practical application of current law.
INTERESTED IN CONNECTING WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS?
While your work is not political, your local legislators need to know of the impact you are making in your community! We would love to assist you in building those relationships and educating them on this vital work in Georgia. Contact us to begin making these connections.
To learn who represents you, find your state and federal legislators on the state website here.
Georgia's General Assembly meets for Legislative Session begins the second Tuesday after the first Monday of January, each year, and runs for 40 Legislative Days. Typically, the legislature adjournes "sine die" at midnight on Day 40, near the beginning of April.
The US Congress (comprised of the US House and US Senate) is in session year 'round. More information about Members of the House and Senate, legislation and documentation can be found through the Library of Congress linked here.
Georgia's law, requiring informed consent for abortion was passed in 2005, updating abortion laws and specifiying the information which must be provided to women seeking an abortion. No abortion shall be performed in Georgia without voluntary and informed consent from the woman having the proceedure.
This information must be provided 24 hours prior to the abortion by the performing physician, a qualified agent, or the referring physician. For proceedures performed in a hospital or surgical center, reporting the outcomes of this informed consent is also required to be submitted to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
The DPH collects these annual reports and posts the results, along with information on fetal development, free ultrasounds and the number of minors obtaining a judicial bypass of parental notification laws on their website here. You will also find a link to a copy of the law.