Sen. Judson Hill proposes to end abortion coverage in the state health benefit plan
by Jon Gillooly
February 07, 2013 03:43 PM | 3728 views | 13 13 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senator Judson Hill <br>(R-Marietta)
Senator Judson Hill
(R-Marietta)
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State Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta) has introduced a bill that would end abortion coverage by the state health insurance plan.

Hill said the health plan covers about 600,000 state employees and their dependents, from teachers to state Department of Transportation engineers.

While the number of abortions performed under the state health plan has been decreasing for the past three years, Hill believes the number is still too high.

“A large number of women a year choose to have abortions paid for by the state health benefit plan,” he said. “Making someone pay for another’s abortion, whether one or many, should be prohibited.”

Under Senate Bill 98, Hill said women would still be free to have abortions, but the state just would not pay for them.

Hill said his belief that life begins at conception was strengthened 24 years ago when his wife gave birth to twins just five and a half months into her pregnancy.

“They lived for about a day, held them, squeezed my finger, and I understand what a 1.4, 1.6 pound baby child of yours is like,” he said. “That if nothing else solidified my views that these are young lives. These fetuses are real lives.”

Hill said the bill is now in the Senate Insurance Committee and has the support of the Senate leadership.

State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) said she opposes the bill.

“In short, the bill tries to control women, and the state should not be in that business,” Evans said.

The decisions over whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy or raise a child are better left to a woman, her family and her God, Evans said.

“Sen. Hill’s bill does not provide exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or fetal anomalies,” she said. “It is dangerous for the state to limit a woman’s health care options in these circumstances.”

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said he’s unsure of the bill’s chances of passing the Georgia Senate, let alone the House.

“Georgia is more conservative than most of the country is, so there’s probably a stronger appetite for it here than there would be in other Republican states,” Swint said. “But the Republican Party is in this sort of soul-searching mode right now where they’re trying to appeal to a broader base of people. They’re trying to figure out how to appeal to more women. A lot of Republicans will probably say, ‘this is not what we need right now.’”

The Journal asked Gov. Nathan Deal’s spokesman, Brian Robinson, what the chances are of Deal supporting Hill’s proposal.

“We don’t comment on pending legislation,” Robinson said.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s spokesman, Scott Paradise, said, “The Georgia State Senate has consistently stood in defense of life, including passage of a historic pro-life bill last year. This bill will be given appropriate and thoughtful consideration as we move forward in this legislative session.”
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they'll get you too
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February 09, 2013
So much for smaller government and the GOP staying out of our personal lives. They just keep dwindling away at our rights.

You may agree with this guy on THIS issue but one day they'll come for you too.

Your social security.

Your disability.

Your right to vote.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

One day it will hit home with YOU and by then all we'll have left is GUNS and WAR...that's all they're for.
Lib in Cobb
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February 08, 2013
Another Republican man attempting to control women's healthcare. It should be no wonder why the GOP has alienated, the women, the African-Americans, the Latino voters, the LGBT, the unions, the poor, the middle class, the young, the elderly, the in-between, the medically uninsured, those with pre-existing conditions, a significant percentage of Democrats who wished to exercise their right to vote.

Let us not forget the GOP is now and has in recent weeks attempted to change how the votes are counted. Why would they want to change how the votes are counted? Their message is so caustic that it's easier to cheat than win on an already level playing field. Good luck! It will take years of re-branding before you folks win the White House. It will also take more than one Latino politician to make a difference.

Let the Republican re-branding continue. There will always be knuckle heads like Judson Hill to remind us that "they walk among us".

anonymous
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February 08, 2013
Geeezzz.

Todd Akin. Phil Gingrey. Judson Hill.

And I thought that the economy sucking since the last years of GW Bush was the priority of most people I live with in East Cobb. Who knew the folks at the town hall meetings with Hill were telling him that abortion coverage was their main concern.

Clue for Republicans: the Tea Party Ain't your problem. Bozos are!
Just Wait
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February 08, 2013
Mr. Hill is pushing his personal agenda by taking away from state employees. Way to take the high road.
Watcher...
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February 08, 2013
Perhaps Senator Hill understands the will of Georgia Taxpayers.
One John
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February 08, 2013
If life begins at conception, then I want my Social Security 9 months earlier.
VFP42
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February 08, 2013
The story got it right but the image caption says this clown represents Marietta. No, he, of course, represents East Cobb.
Lucy E. Williams
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February 08, 2013
According to the Georgia General Assembly website, Senator Hill represents Marietta. Additionally, unless I missed something in the last couple of years, "East Cobb" is not a city in Cobb County. If your address is listed as Marietta, that's where you live, I don't write "East Cobb, GA" on my mail.
i agree
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February 08, 2013
If you choose not to use contraceptive and you get pregnant you should pay for your own abortion. The problem now days is people use abortion as a contraceptive which is sad. Yes people do get pregnant sometimes on the pill but I dont think it happens very often and if you do get pregnant using contraceptives maybe God gave you that baby for a reason.
Teacher agrees
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February 07, 2013
Women should pay for their own abortions and breast pumps. It is absurd that the health insurance would cover any of these items. I think birth control is important so we don;t have unwanted pregnancies. If they choose to not be on birth control, they choose to pay for their own abortions. I am offended that anyone would think insurance should cover that item.
Controlling women
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February 08, 2013
Teacher, the same should go for fat men, pay your own costs and anyone who drinks alcohol or smokes.
Lib in Cobb
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February 08, 2013
@Teacher: So if a woman who needs an abortion due to health or possible death of the mother, you say, "Just let her die".

I hope you don't teach.
Teacher disagrees
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February 09, 2013
Unwanted pregnancies become unwanted kids which means WE pay for them for a LIFETIME.

Maybe you should volunteer to take in a couple of these unwanted kids if you are so willing to pay for THEM instead of a paying for a PROCEDURE.
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