Doug McKillip, Author of 20-week Abortion Ban in Georgia, Loses in Republican Primary
Yesterday was an especially good day for women’s health in Georgia. Not only did the new birth control benefit begin to go into effect, but an out-of-touch state representative, Doug McKillip, officially conceded his race for reelection.
While you may not remember who Doug McKillip is, you will certainly know his signature piece of legislation. Remember when the dangerous and harmful 20-week ban was signed by fellow Chump Governor Nathan Deal? Well, McKillip is the one who made that happen.
He’s a former pro-choice Democratic legislator who switched parties and positions on women’s health in 2010 and served as the lead sponsor for a bill that could ban all abortions after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. It’s unbelievable that McKillip would go from supporting women’s health to sponsoring a dangerous bill that represents an extreme example of government overreach.
But Republican primary voters in Georgia didn’t reward McKillip for his untrustworthy behavior, and he lost his bid for reelection to a pro-women’s health Republican lawyer, Regina Quick, who according to the Associated Press said, “the bill intrudes upon decisions best left to women and their doctors.”
Doug McKillip didn’t stand up for women when they needed him, and when it came time to vote, they didn’t stand with him. Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates played an important role, educating voters on where the candidate stood on the issues and letting them know he simply couldn’t be trusted.
He didn’t stand a chance.