July 2019 – Following Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio, Georgia passed a “heartbeat bill” into law on May 7.
However, the Georgia law goes even further in protecting the unborn by defining a child in the womb as a “natural person” and a “human being” once a heartbeat is detected.
After the bill was passed by the Georgia Senate in March, several Hollywood actors threatened to boycott the state, now considered the “number one filming location in the world” according to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. But the threats did not sway Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who signed the bill into law.
“Georgia is a state that values life,” he said. “We stand up for those who are unable to speak for themselves.”
Opponents have complained that the new law virtually bans all abortions in the state, as many women do not know they are pregnant when a heartbeat becomes detectable.
Kemp said he expects a legal challenge. “But our job is to do what is right, not what is easy,” he added.
foxnews.com, 3/24/19, 5/7/19