“Georgia values life. We stand up for the innocent and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The legislature’s bold action reaffirms our priorities and who we are as a state. I thank these lawmakers for their leadership and applaud their undeniable courage.” – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. 

Despite intense opposition, the Georgia legislature has passed some of the strongest protections for the unborn in the nation. Governor Kemp is expected to sign House Bill 481, called the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act,” and if signed, the law would go into effect in early 2020. This bill, also referred to as the fetal heartbeat bill, passed by a vote 92-78 in the Georgia House of Representatives on Friday. 

Women in Georgia can currently seek an abortion during the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy. According to the new legislation, once a heartbeat is detected, abortion will no longer be an option. A heartbeat can be detected in an unborn child as early as six weeks. 

Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, there have been over 61,000,000 abortions in the United States. This newspaper applauds the actions of our state legislators and fully supports Governor Kemp signing this legislation into law. 

-Jamie Gardner