Please Take ACTION To Support HB 555 – Ensuring Accuracy in Women’s Healthcare Reporting
Last week, Georgia House Insurance Chairman, Richard Smith (R-Columbus) promised to kill a critical measure ensuring women get information prior to abortion. He needs to hear from you.
When first introduced in March of 2015, HB 555 had three parts.
1. To ensure all women seeking an abortion are given information required by law,
2. To ensure all fetal remains disposals are reported, and
3. To ensure the State Department of Public Health receives accurate numbers of girls under 18 obtaining an abortion through a judicial by-pass without a parent’s permission.
Before this bill even had a hearing in 2016, Chairman Smith struck parts 1 and 2. Part 3 passed the State House and went to the Senate. Last week, the Senate added Part 1 back into the bill by passing an amendment offered by Senator Cowsert. The amendment and the bill passed the Senate 37-17.
Upon HB 555’s return to the House, Chairman Smith has announced that either the Senate’s amendment be stripped from HB 555 or he will kill the bill.
As a crumb for the pro-life community, Chairman Smith will agree to HB 555 without the Senate’s amendment. As a promise to the abortion lobby, he will not agree to HB 555 if it ensures all abortion providers certify in every abortion that the patient has been provided informed consent prior to performing an abortion (surgical or chemical).
ACTION: Please call and email Rep. Richard Smith. Tell him to allow a vote on HB 555 as amended by the Senate to ensure doctors give women critical information about abortion and other options before they make life-altering choice.
Thanks for your support!