On Tuesday, Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill that seeks to outlaw abortion after about six weeks.
The Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act also known as HB 481 or the “heartbeat bill, is the most extreme abortion ban in the country because it will punish women who get illegal abortions to life imprisonment and the death penalty. The HB 481 bill is intended to prohibit doctors from terminating any pregnancy after they can detect “embryonic or fetal cardiac activity.” It declares that “unborn children are a class of living, distinct person” that deserves “full legal recognition.” The bill confirms that fetuses “shall be included in population based determinations” from now on, because they are legally humans, and residents of the state. The bill takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Georgia governor Brian Kemp
Under HB 481, pregnant inmates’ fetuses have independent rights, including the right to due process. Laura Simmons, the NARAL state director, said it’s designed to “educate voters and put lawmakers on notice that advocates for reproductive freedom will not let legislators off the hook for turning their backs on women and families by voting to criminalize abortion and punish women.”