Georgia is the latest state to sign a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
The new law bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can happen as early as weeks into a pregnancy, @abcnews reports. But like Georgia, all the other states where “heartbeat” bans have been approved are currently facing legal battles, meaning no state actually has a six-week ban currently enacted.
Georgia Governor #BrianKemp acknowledged the possible legal trouble ahead shortly before signing the bill into law today. “I realize that some may challenge it in a court of law but our job is to do what is right not what is easy,” Kemp said.
Planned Parenthood released a statement moments after the bill was signed saying they intend to file a lawsuit to stop the bill from going into effect.
“Planned Parenthood will be suing the State of Georgia. We will fight this terrible bill because this is about our patients’ lives,” said Dr. Leana Wen, the President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Before signing the bill, Kemp and supporters of the law said it is an effort to stand up for “life.”
“As you all know, Georgia is a state that values life,” Kemp said. “We’re called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life.”
Georgia’s new bill is the latest development in a series of anti-abortion legislative movement across states. Sixteen states had a six-week abortion ban either filed, moved or signed into law in the first three months of 2019, Planned Parenthood Action Fund reported in mid-April.
In Alabama, the state House of Representatives passed a bill criminalizing providing abortions without restrictions for cases of rape or incest, and the state Senate is set to debate the bill in coming days or weeks.
The sponsor of the Alabama bill told ABC News she hopes the bill is challenged, with the intention that it gets picked up by the Supreme Court to potentially be used to overturn the landmark decision in Roe vs. Wade that made abortion a protected right nationwide.
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