Georgia and Alabama Enact Abortion Laws

Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia recently signed the fetal heartbeat into law. Soon after, Alabama followed their lead and did the same.

The legality of these laws is controversial, and many lawmakers goals are to have the Supreme Court reevaluate 1973’s Roe v. Wade.

The fetal heartbeat law in Georgia states that it is illegal to have an abortion as soon as a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected. This is six weeks into a pregnancy which is the same as being two weeks late in the menstruation cycle.

In 2011, Ohio was the first state to vote on this bill, yet it’s never been fully implemented in a state. Iowa signed the bill in 2018, but this ended quickly as the bill was blocked by court and declared unconstitutional.

Other states such as Kentucky and Mississippi have signed bills like Georgia’s this year. These have been blocked by judges.

In Alabama, doctors who perform an abortion face up to 99 years in prison. This doesn’t include any exemptions for rape or incest cases.

The fetal heartbeat law that will be effective in Georgia by 2020 although lawsuits may lead to the Supreme Court.

Governor Kemp said that his administration is ready to fight in court.

“Our job is to do what is right, not what is easy,” Kemp said.

Others see it as a rights infringement.

“Georgians will fight back in the courtroom and at the ballot box and win,” 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams tweeted.

The chief counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Elisabeth Smith, said that bans like these always have been blocked by courts, and they plan to sue states that sign these types of bills into law.