The “Heartbeat Bill” 💓
The LIFE Act
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the “Heartbeat Bill” into law Tuesday morning. The legislation bans abortion after the fetus’s heartbeat can be detected, typically at six weeks into pregnancy, with certain exceptions of rape, inscest, and the endangerment of the mother’s life.
Post-signing, the “Heartbeat Bill” has received substantial pushback from members of the Democratic Party, many of whom feel the legislation is unconstitutional. The law will become effective in Georgia in January 2020.
The right sounds approval for the new legislation as a step towards saving more children’s lives. They highlight the Bill’s attention to making exceptions for women in exceptional or dire situations as evidence of fairness towards both a mother and her unborn child.
The left underlines the extremely short amount of time women have, under Georgia’s new legislation, to make the decision for and carry out an abortion, pointing out that many women discover their pregnancy after the six-week mark. Left leaning articles contextualize this Georgia Bill with pro-life legislation being enacted around the country, showing the laws as part of a trend that is slowly eliminating a woman’s right to abortion.
Where’s the common ground?
The pro-life vs. pro-choice debate is ongoing, revitalized with new motions and legislation, like the “Heartbeat Bill,” at state level. While both right and left remain firm in their positions, the debate on both sides comes down to the well-being and safety of the people most involved, whether it be mother or unborn child.
Good baby vs bad baby
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