Georgia lawmakers pass heartbeat abortion ban, latest in U.S

Georgia lawmakers pass heartbeat abortion ban, latest in U.S

Georgia lawmakers pass heartbeat abortion ban, latest in U.S

"If the governor signs this bill into law we will see him in court", said Sean J. Young with the ACLU of Georgia.

Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a "heartbeat" abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. We stand up for the innocent and speak for those who can not speak for themselves.

The day before the vote, U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., who was part of the historic wave of Democratic women elected to Congress in 2018, encouraged state leaders to oppose the legislation. "I thank these lawmakers for their leadership and applaud their undeniable courage", Kemp tweeted. Women in Georgia can now seek an abortion up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

The "Heartbeat Bill" would effectively ban abortions in the state, as it would make them illegal a mere six weeks after conception, or when a heartbeat can be detected. At present, women are allowed to undergo the procedure up to their 20th week of pregnancy.

Those looking to expand access to abortions said they were alarmed that Setzler was also pushing to establish "personhood" for fetuses, granting full legal protection to fetuses and, critics say, putting those rights before the rights of women.

Thirteen US states have studied or approved versions of the "heartbeat bill" this year.

The American Civil Liberties Union said it will go to court if Kemp signs the bill.

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On the other side, some opponents of abortion have said the bill is not strict enough.

The legislation passed by a vote of 92-78, just one vote above the minimum that it takes to pass legislation in the House.

Legislators in other states have pursued similar bills.

GOP lawmakers in Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and OH are pursuing similar legislation, while Republican governors in MS and Kentucky have recently signed heartbeat abortion bans. "That is why every single federal court that has considered such bans has struck them down".

Although judges in Kentucky and Iowa blocked such laws, the aim of those who promote the legislation is to reach the Supreme Court and reverse the right to abortion at the national level, according to Planned Parenthood, the largest organization supporting abortion rights. The US Supreme Court has previously declined to weigh in after lower courts blocked bills in North Dakota and Arkansas.

The Georgia legislature has passed an important piece of abortion legislation by the slimmest of margins, creating one of the most stringent pro-life laws in the country.

Georgia's Democrats opposed the bill and several lawmakers came to the House with wire hangers and bleach, a reference to the unsafe measures women have taken for self-induced abortions.

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