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State Sen. Renee Unterman

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A state lawmaker and advocates fighting the opioid addiction crisis in Georgia say they're hoping for more resources in the U.S. Senate's health plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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At a press conference Friday surrounded by loved ones of people who died of opioid overdoses in Georgia, state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, said the state is “in the throes” of an epidemic.

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Georgia can give state money to "pregnancy resource centers" that offer medical and other services to pregnant women while discouraging them from getting abortions, under legislation signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

The measure's sponsor, Republican state Sen. Renee Unterman of Buford, described her bill as a "positive" response to videos released this summer by abortion opponents showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing procedures for obtaining tissue from aborted fetuses for research.

A Texas grand jury later cleared the organization of wrongdoing.

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Advocates have pushed for a bill that would require law enforcement and hospitals to turn over untested DNA evidence in sexual assault cases to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The measure, HB 827, is currently stalled in the state Senate after a key senator said Monday the bill will not get a hearing.