Legislative proposals that aim to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected are on track to becoming law in three southern states. Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia are all on course to pass the bills, which would make abortion almost completely illegal and protect the most vulnerable in our society – the unborn.
The fetal heartbeat is usually detected at around six weeks, meaning that abortion will be close to completely outlawed if the bills succeed.
In Georgia, a proposed fetal heartbeat bill has earned the signature of state Governor Brian Kemp and will go into effect at the start of next year. “Our job is to do what is right, not what is easy,” Kemp said at the signing ceremony, according to the New York Times. “We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down.”
“This is a historic day for Georgia,” added Catherine Davis of the pro-life organization, Human Coalition following the momentous occasion. “This is a day that many of us who have been in the pro-life fight for years and years and years didn’t really think it would be possible, in light of the politics of the issue.”
Georgia’s bill is set to go into force on January 1.
The pro-life cause has enjoyed sweeping successes this year, with governors from Mississippi, Ohio and Kentucky all signing fetal heartbeat bills and lawmakers in South Carolina and Tennessee also pressing for similar measures to be introduced.
In Alabama, the proposed law would mean that those carrying out abortions could face a Class A felony charge and up to 99 years in prison.
Following Georgia’s decision to protect innocent lives, many Hollywood stars have proposed drastic measures to counter the pro-life advances. One activist, Alyssa Milano, even suggested a “sex strike” as a means of protest.
“Our reproductive rights are being erased,” she wrote on Twitter Saturday. “Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.”
In addition, some 50 actors have initiated a mass boycott of film and television production in the state of Georgia. Among the signatories is Milano, Amy Schumer, Christina Applegate, Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn.
"We want to stay in Georgia," reads the letter accompanying the call to boycott. "But we will not do so silently, and we will do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women if [this] becomes law."
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