‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill Headed to Georgia Governor’s Desk
ATTACK ON REPRO RIGHTS
The Georgia House approved a so-called “heartbeat” abortion bill on Friday by a single vote, sending the measure to the governor’s desk. “Shame!” spectators could be heard shouting after the vote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. If enacted, the legislation would become one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, and it is certain to face court challenges. It would outlaw abortions after a doctor can detect a heartbeat, about six weeks into pregnancy. That’s 14 weeks earlier than the current cutoff and before most women have confirmed they are pregnant. Dozens of celebrities have signed a bill urging the governor to reject the bill, vowing to urge TV and film companies to abandon the state if it becomes law.