The Georgia Senate has passed a bill banning almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
The “heartbeat bill,“ backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, passed 34-18.
“I applaud the members who supported the heartbeat bill’s passage for protecting the vulnerable and giving a voice to those who cannot yet speak for themselves,” Kemp stated. “I look forward to working with the House to ensure this legislation’s final passage in the coming days.”
GOP governors in Mississippi and Kentucky have recently signed similar “heartbeat“ bills.
Abortion opponents are hoping the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court will soon either reverse Roe v. Wade or uphold specific state laws undermining the landmark ruling.
The ACLU of Georgia on Friday said it would challenge the legislation in court if it’s signed into law.
The much talked about “heartbeat bill“ is up for a vote Friday.
The capitol has been packed since very early morning, and while protestors have become the norm when this bill is being discussed, there are hundreds and a very heavy police presence.
Georgia State Patrol is at the capitol en force inside and out as are the protestors and counter protestors.
Mothers who support the bill are saying to choose life — and those against it are saying that if someone supports life they should be against the bill and for better maternal healthcare.
“I’ve had 2 abortions in my life. In 2002 and 2004. They were both very hard. In 2002, I didn’t hear the heartbeat, but in 2004 I did. It was hard to make that decision, but at the time, I was stupid,“ said Emily Long, a mother of 3 who is for the bill.
“I am an OBGYN, I’m also a mother of 3 children. I was privileged to make the decision when I wanted to have children, and have that be a private decision between me and my physician. want other women to have that right to decide when is the right time to become mothers,“ said Dr. Mimi Zieman who is against the bill.
A vote is expected Friday but there is no telling how long debate could go.
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