Georgia's abortion law: Prepare for some thorny moral questions
Added 05-12-19 04:25:03am EST - “Following the lead of similar statutes passed in Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio, Georgia has just put on the books the most extreme anti-abortion law in America. Supporters hope this invites a challenge that makes its way to the Supreme…” - Nydailynews.com
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Following the lead of similar statutes in Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio, Georgia has just put on the books the most extreme anti-abortion law in America. Supporters hope this invites a challenge that makes its way to the Supreme Court, where a new conservative majority will overturn Roe v. Wade.
The logic of drawing a legal line six weeks into the gestation period based on fetal heartbeat is dubious. We support restrictions based on viability, a point now reached about 20 weeks into a pregnancy thanks to medical advances. At six weeks, a fetus could never survive outside the womb.
As a matter of principle, the state could just as well ban abortion from the moment sperm fertilizes egg.
And so, beginning in 2020 in Georgia, for removing and discarding a six-week-old embryo, with exceptions for rape or incest or the health of the mother, a physician will be guilty of murder — a woman who chooses to terminate, too.
It is hard to fathom the societal consequences of subjecting women who terminate pregnancies early in the first trimester to trials and potential capital punishment, but that is the road down which Georgia now chooses to travel.
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