Bill restricting abortions after 20 weeks passes

ATLANTA (AP) -- Some abortions in Georgia would be banned five months after conception under a measure passed by Georgia lawmakers.

Last-minute negotiations Thursday resolved an impasse between House and Senate lawmakers over the measure.

Bill sponsor Republican Rep. Doug McKillip said the compromise was necessary "to move the ball forward on abortion statutes in Georgia." Democratic lawmakers, including many women, turned their backs on bill supporters during the debate and left the chambers chanting in protest after the measure passed.

If signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, the bill would ban abortions after five months except when pregnancies threaten a mother's life or health. In a change sought by the Senate, doctors could perform abortions after five months if they diagnose the fetus with a fatal defect.