Well it happened. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp officially signed the bill that bans abortions after six weeks. This is now one of the strictest abortion laws in the country.
Typically abortions are legal until 24 weeks in most states via Roe vs Wade that passed in the Supreme Court in 1973. This is because fetuses are typically viable outside the womb around 24 weeks. But by cutting abortion access back to 6 weeks, this means many women may realize they are pregnant after it is too late to get an abortion!
Not only are early abortions going to be illegal, they could result in life in prison or the death penalty! The wording of this newly signed bill could equate an abortion after six weeks to murder. And murder in the state of Georgia could result in the death penalty.
The good news is that this clearly unconstitutional bill will be fought in the courts. Elisabeth Smith, chief counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, is already planning to take action.
Hopefully, newly signed bill is fought and changed before too much damage is done.
After writing about reproductive rights for years, it often feels like I am yelling into the void. People who are against abortion often believe abortion is actually killing babies. This is fueled and supported by their religious beliefs. So it can be so hard to reason with someone who thinks murder is being committed.
You can try to argue that the fetus is not viable outside the womb and that’s why the 24 Roe v Wade time limit makes sense. But then those against abortion might say something like “well with advanced medical technology, viability outside the womb could be earlier than 24 weeks!”
But if they want to start going down that path, then you could really argue any living sperm or egg cell should be protected since they could potentially be used to create life. Which is absurd. The focus should be on the giving the person with the uterus wants to do with their own body.