Republican Georgia state Rep. Terry England says that his experience with cows, pigs and chickens has proven to him that women should be forced to have their babies after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
In a debate over Georgia House Bill 954, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks even if the baby is not expected to live, England recalled the time he had spent with livestock.
"Life gives us many experiences," he explained. "I've had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive -- delivering pigs, dead and alive. ... It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it."
England continued: "You know a few years ago, I had a man come to me in our store, it was when we were debating, talking about dog and hog hunting, I believe, and at that point there was some language inserted in there that dealt with chicken fighting. And the young man called me to the side and he said, 'I want to tell you one thing.' And y'all, this is salt of the Earth people I'm talking about, someone I would have never in a hundred years expected to tell me what he told me that day."
"He said, 'Mr. Terry, I want to tell you something. You tell those folks down there when they quit killing babies, they can have every chicken I've got.'"
House Bill 954 easily passed last week by a vote of 102-65.
Opponents have said that the so-called "fetal pain" bill would force women to carry stillborn fetuses or to have a Cesarean delivery. Doctors could also face 10 years in prison if they are involved in illegal abortions.