Robbin Shipp

for Labor Commissioner




Valarie Wilson

for State School Sup.




Connie Stokes

for Lt. Governor


SB 209, a bill that would ban abortion in Georgia after 20 weeks, was a cause for significant concern as introduced.  Now, with less than 24 hours notice, it has been replaced by an unconstitutional bill that would prohibit all abortions in any facility other than a hospital. 

No other state has this law. 

Nationally, 95% of all abortions are performed in private doctor’s offices, licensed surgical centers and clinics.  Most hospitals only provide abortions under emergency circumstances.  If the Senate has their way, abortion will be legal in Georgia, but good luck finding a facility that can perform one under this new law.

Procedurally this is what happened – In a highly unusual maneuver, SB 209 was assigned to the Senate Rules committee as a substantive bill to discuss and pass, much like bills are assigned to the Judiciary Committee.  It will then have to pass out of the Rules Committee again to make it to the Senate Floor.  After some testimony, the Chairman decided to continue the meeting the following day.  

Upon convening today, the committee was told that the substitue* to SB 209 banning abortions at all facilities except hospitals to SB 209 and SB 210which allows ‘wrongful death’ law suits as a result of abortion against physicians.  Majority Leader Chip Rogers invited Senator Charlie Bethel to participate on the committee in the same manner of the ‘Hawk System’ that was used in the House years ago.   Both the substitute to SB209 and SB 210 passed committee.

We urge you to attend the Senate Rules committee tomorrow morning, at 10:00 am in Room 450 where they will be voting on this sweeping legislation.  This unprecedented maneuver was achieved with the first appearance of Senate “Hawks,” or Senators appointed by leadership to appear in committees to which they are not current members in order to  change the outcome of a vote.  We thought the “hawks” of the Georgia General Assembly had flown away with former House Speaker, Glenn Richardson.  Apparently not.

* The substitute for SB 209 is not yet online and the current status shows “Senate Read and Referred.”



Vice Chair of Georgia’s WIN List, Jenna Moore Colvin and her husband, Heath, welcomed their first child into the world last week!

Nathan Max Colvin was born at 4:00 a.m. on February 17th weighing 8.1 pounds and measuring 21 inches. 

We congratulate Jenna and Heath on their new bundle of joy and look forward to seeing little Nate at future WIN List events.

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ps – We hear Nate’s first “official” WIN event will be our upcoming Legislative Breakfast on March 23rd


Georgia CapitolPlease join Georgia’s WIN List for our 2011 Legislative Breakfast where we will receive a legislative update from WIN-endorsed women in the House and Senate Leadership.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
8:00 – 9:30 am
Mary Mac’s Tea Room
224 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308
8:00-9:30 am

 Host Committee
(in formation)
Lauren Benedict, Melissa Carter & Natalie Woodward, Hon. Stacey Evans,
Tedra Hobson, Libby Johnson, Jane Kidd, Jan Selman

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