The Georgia Senate has passed a bill banning abortion coverage under the state's employee health care plan.
State Sen. Mike Crane, R-Newman, the bill's sponsor, said the legislation saves taxpayer dollars and makes a pro-life statement. He emphasized that the bill does not prevent abortions.
Seven female senators locked arms in protest, calling the proposal unnecessary, disrespectful and a "war on women."
In response, Crane said that "for the most part they talked about what they saw as women's right to choose. Never once did they mention the baby."
"They were passionate about what they had to say. I just completely disagreed with them," he said.
On a separate issue, the Georgia Senate overwhelmingly rejected President Obama's attempt to force private religious groups to carry contraception coverage.
Their bill said employees of those groups have no right to demand that their insurance policies pay for contraceptives.