Atlanta, Ga., May 7, 2019 / 11:15 am
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has approved a controversial law that bans abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. The law will come in to force January 1, but is expected to be the subject of immediate legal challenge from abortion activists.
The Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act will limit abortion in the state of Georgia to about the first six weeks of gestation. Presently, abortion is legal in the state until the 20th week of a pregnancy.
"We stand up and speak for those unable to speak for themselves. The LIFE Act is very simple, but also very powerful," said Kemp prior to signing the bill.
The bill is "a declaration that all life has value, that all life matters, that all life is worthy of protection," he said.