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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Signs ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Into Law

We have all been watching the issues going on in our Country, from immigration issues, to border security, to abortion laws. All of these topics have been talked about for several years now, and there are two side to all of these arguments and situations.

However, some states are taking a stand for early abortion, while other are taking a stand against it. Recently Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the controversial ‘Heartbeat Bill’ into law on Tuesday. This bill, called House Bill 481, bans most abortions at six weeks, and was approved by lawmakers in late March.

This is a big deal for those who are against late term abortions, this protects the baby from being taken once it has developed so far along. I myself am not for abortion, I have a child and couldn’t imagine my world without here. For those who don’t want children, and they have become this way because of their own actions, there are other options.

Granted when it comes to life threatening situations, there are cases where tough decisions may have to be made by the mother, but when that isn’t the factor, and it’s just because someone doesn’t want the responsibility, where do we draw the line. Or do we draw one at all.

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Governor Kemp is drawing the line by standing up for the unborn, he held a signing ceremony Tuesday morning, officially putting the law into the books. Georgia is now the sixth state to ban abortions after six weeks.

The bill will ban abortions after a doctor detects a heartbeat in the womb. With the signing of House Bill 481 the state now has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

In March, Governor Brian Kemp tweeted the following statement after the passing of the bill in the House:

“Georgia values life. We stand up for the innocent and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The legislature’s bold action reaffirms our priorities and who we are as a state. I thank these lawmakers for their leadership and applaud their undeniable courage. Our efforts to protect life do not end here. We must work to ease the adoption process, find loving homes for those in our foster care system, and protect the aging and vulnerable. Together, we will ensure that all Georgians are safe and have the opportunity to live, grow, learn, and prosper.”

Georgia law previously stated that ‘a woman cannot abort her unborn baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy’. It is now six weeks instead of the previous 20.

Below is the statement made by Cole Muzio, who is the President and Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of Georgia:

“Georgia values life, and Governor Kemp affirmed that truth with his signature today. It is supremely gratifying and humbling to have been a part of this historic moment, and we are so grateful to our Governor, Lt. Governor, Rep. Setzler, Sen. Unterman, and all of our elected officials who stood strong for the most vulnerable among us. Governor Kemp set forth a bold vision during the campaign, and his commitment to the preborn is what has made this day possible.

While many have attempted to use this issue to divide us, it is my great hope that we can move forward united around that idea that all Georgians matter and are worth protecting. I invite my fellow Georgians to look at the science and to examine the common sense reality that preborn children with beating hearts have value. There should be nothing that bridges divides and heals wounds to a greater degree than the unifying goal of cherishing life – all life – across our state.

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To that end, we recognize that the work is not done. Money will certainly pour in from places like San Francisco and New York to attack those who stood for life over the financially motivated abortion industry, which profits from the death of the innocent. We look forward to partnering with Georgians across our state to stand for Life at the ballot box in 2020 and beyond with the continued pursuit of a Georgia where life is cherished.”

Obviously there are those out there who are apposed to this new law. Take for instance DNC Women’s Media Director Elizabeth Renda who stated to CBS46 after the bill was signed that:

“Today, with Brian Kemp’s signature on this extreme, unconstitutional abortion ban, women’s lives are on the line in Georgia. This so-called ‘heartbeat bill,’ which bans abortion before many women even know they are pregnant, puts women’s lives at risk by barring their access to safe, legal abortion.

Georgia’s abortion ban is only the latest example of how the Trump administration’s anti-women policies have emboldened legislators across the country to attack women’s access to health care. More than a dozen states have introduced legislation banning abortion after six weeks this year, and just last week in Alabama, Republicans in the state House passed an outright ban on virtually all abortions.

With Trump in the White House and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we know Republicans will continue to push legislation just like this in an effort to ban abortion nationwide and overturn Roe v. Wade. While Republicans continue to play partisan games with women’s health care, Democrats will keep fighting to protect women’s fundamental right to make decisions about their own bodies with their doctors.”

Watch the video below to see the signing and what Governor Kemp had to say.