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Georgia governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law


Added 05-07-19 10:57:02am EST - “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Tuesday signed? legislation banning abortions once a fetus has a detectable heartbeat,? which generally occurs within six weeks of a pregnancy.?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Georgia governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Tuesday signed legislation banning abortions once a fetus has a detectable heartbeat, which generally occurs within six weeks of a pregnancy. 

Kemp's decision to sign the measure into law comes as GOP-led legislatures around the country move to enact stricter laws surrounding abortion. The legislation is set to become law on Jan. 1, according to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). 

The measure, HB 481, will bar doctors from performing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Prior Georgia law allowed women to undergo an abortion within 20 weeks of a pregnancy. 

Women may still receive an abortion if the pregnancy is believed to be "medically futile," GPB noted. Exceptions will also be granted to a woman whose life is at risk and if a police report has been filed related to rape or incest. 

Planned Parenthood on Tuesday vowed to sue Georgia over the legislation and to work to remove GOP lawmakers who voted for it via the ballot box. 

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