Georgia Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Abortions If A Heartbeat Is Detected

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a controversial bill into that law that would outlaw all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. A fetal heartbeat can be detected around six weeks into the pregnancy, and many women do not realize they are pregnant at that point.

The bill makes exceptions in cases of rape and incest, but the woman must have filed a police report, or if the mother's life is in jeopardy.

"(The bill) is very simple but also very powerful: a declaration that all life has value, that all life matters, and that all life is worthy of protection," Kemp said after signing the bill.

The ACLU of Georgia blasted the new law and is planning to file a legal challenge against it.

"Today's women can only thrive in a state that protects their most basic rights -- the right to choose when and whether to start a family. Georgia can't afford to go backward on women's health and rights," Andrea Young, the executive director of the ACLU of Georgia said in a statement. "We will act to block this assault on women's health, rights, and self-determination."

If the bill is upheld by the courts, it will take effect on January 1, 2020.

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