Georgia House Passes “Fetal Heartbeat” Law, Sends Bill to Gov. Kemp

HeadlineApr 01, 2019

Lawmakers in Georgia’s House of Representatives approved passage of the so-called fetal heartbeat law, which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected—something that typically happens just six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women realize they’re pregnant. The bill, which was already approved by Georgia’s Senate, now heads to Governor Brian Kemp’s desk, who has expressed support for the measure. The ACLU of Georgia said they will take the case to court if Governor Kemp signs the bill. Reproductive rights groups are challenging “fetal heartbeat” bills that were recently passed in Mississippi and Kentucky. A judge temporarily halted the Kentucky law from going into effect. Similar laws are being pushed by Republican lawmakers in Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.

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