Heartbeat bill passes Georgia Senate March 26, 2019 Catholic News Agency

Georgia State Capitol Building. Credit: Rob Wilson / Shutterstock. The Georgia Senate has approved a bill that would ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks …More
Georgia State Capitol Building. Credit: Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.
The Georgia Senate has approved a bill that would ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy.
The state Senate passed House Bill 481 on Friday. It will now return to the House, which has already approved an initial version of the bill but will now need to vote on changes made by the Senate.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp applauded the bill’s progress. He is expected to sign the legislation if it comes to his desk.
The legislation would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after a baby’s heartbeat is detected. Those who do could lose their medical licenses. It includes an exception for cases of rape or incest, as well as if doctors determine that a pregnant woman’s life is in danger or that the baby would not survive.
Current Georgia laws bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
If signed into law, the legislation is likely to face legal challenges. The ACLU has … More