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abortion laws georgia

In Georgia, abortions are prohibited after 20 weeks, except in cases of life or health endangerment, and must be performed by a licensed physician. In addition, “partial-birth” abortions are banned post-viability (typically 24-28 weeks into pregnancy).

Women considering an abortion must first receive state-mandated abortion counseling, followed by a 24 hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed. For minors, parental consent is not required, but notification must be given to a parent or guardian before an abortion is performed.

Public funding for abortions is available only in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest. However, insurance providers (both individual providers and institutions) can refuse coverage. In addition, health care plans offered under the Affordable Care Act only cover abortions in cases of life endangerment or severe health risks.

Counseling or support before you make a decision to have an abortion is very important. If family help and support are not available to you, talking with a professional counselor before having an abortion can help you better understand your decision.
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