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Georgia governor signs heartbeat law

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/07/19, 11:04 am

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed legislation on Tuesday that protects unborn babies from abortion once they have a detectable heartbeat, usually around six weeks of gestation. The law is scheduled take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The state currently allows abortion in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. The heartbeat law has exemptions for cases of rape and incest, danger to the life of the mother, or if the baby could not live outside the womb due to medical problems. Kemp said the new law is “to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn, and prosper in our great state.”

Sean Young, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, said his organization plans to challenge the law in court. Mississippi, Ohio, and Kentucky recently enacted similar protections, and more are under consideration in a number of states. A judge blocked Kentucky’s law shortly after Gov. Matt Bevin, also a Republican, signed it in March.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • cln
    Posted: Tue, 05/07/2019 03:21 pm

    Good for this governor!!! I hope more take note and that this will change the face of abortion!

    Posted: Tue, 05/07/2019 03:50 pm

    No matter what, he did the right thing. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 05/08/2019 04:11 pm

    I see a side benefit in the laws numerous states are passing to protect unborn humans from murder. The actions of liberal abortion-supporting judges and organizations like the ACLU are opening peoples’ eyes.