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Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s (R)Gov.Brian Kemp, when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban

(Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP,

The Republican governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, is now looking closely at the time when he can sign the "heart beat" abortion ban he has supported and helped push it forward.

Georgia's House of Representatives on Friday approved final approval of legislation banning abortion after the discovery of a fetal heartbeat and sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, this will be one of the most stringent abortion bans in the United States.

Kemp's signature in his campaign was the country's most powerful abortion campaign during his nomination as governor last year.

“Georgia values life,” Kemp said in a statement Friday. “The legislature’s bold action reaffirms our priorities and who we are as a state.”

This measure was approved by only one vote more than the majority required to pass the chamber: 92 votes from the 180 members of the Council.

After the vote, a tense stance emerged when police confronted several Democratic lawmakers and protesters who opposed the law in the Capitol halls and threatened to arrest people if a crowd did not disperse and stopped chanting " SHAME "

Republican Lawmakers in Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Ohio are implementing similar legislation, while Republican governors in Mississippi and Kentucky recently signed an abortion ban.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed an abortion ban on March 21, despite a federal judge's decision last year to repeal a less restrictive law limiting abortion there. The Kentucky law was temporarily banned by a federal judge shortly after Republican Governor Matt Bevin signed on March 14 in response to the challenge of the American Civil Liberties Union. A state judge ruled that the ban on abortions in the state of Iowa was unconstitutional in January.

If it is signed and not blocked in court, the Georgia law will become effective on January 1, 2020.

CTM News | 30th March 2019

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