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Georgia’s Governor Signs Anti—Abortion ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Into Law

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Georgia’s Governor Signs Anti—Abortion ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Into Law

Georgia’s Governor Signs Anti—Abortion ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Into Law

On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected— something that usually happens between five and six weeks into a women’s pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.

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As of right now in Georgia, women are allowed to undergo abortion procedures up to their 20th week of pregnancy. However, starting January 1st, the bill signed by Kemp would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

“Georgia is a state that values life,” Kemp said at the bill signing on Tuesday morning. “We protect the innocent, we champion the vulnerable, we stand up and speak for those that are unable to speak for themselves.”

He added,

“(The bill) is very simple but also very powerful: a declaration that all life has value, that all life matters, and that all life is worthy of protection.”

He also acknowledged that American Civil Liberties Union will challenge in court.

“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. We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life.”

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