‘Heartbeat’ abortion ban heads to Georgia governor’s desk

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ATLANTA (AP) – Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through.

The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a “heartbeat” can be detected, sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, it’d be among the strictest abortion bans in the U.S.

Signing the toughest abortion law in the country was a campaign pledge of Kemp’s during his run for governor last year.

Women in Georgia can currently seek an abortion during the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy. A heartbeat can be detected in an embryo as early as six weeks, before many women know they’re pregnant.

GOP governors in Mississippi and Kentucky have recently signed similar “heartbeat” bills.

Several similar bans have been ruled unconstitutional by courts.
 

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