GA ready to defend heartbeat law, says pro-life leader

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

heartbeat monitorThe lawsuits are expected to fly in The Peach State but a Georgia-based pro-life group insists a new heartbeat law will survive any legal challenges.

Joshua Edmonds of Georgia Life Alliance says the measure, which was signed into law on Tuesday, was writtten anticipating legal opposition because it takes into account the “personhood” arguments presented in the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

"We will act to block this assault on women's health, rights, and self-determination," Andrea Young, who leads ACLU of Georgia, vowed in a press release after the bill was signed. 

“[The law] recognizes the child as a person which, if the ACLU decides to sue the state and bring this question before the courts,” Edmonds explains, “we believe would accommodate the requirements set before the justices and the judges that would be hearing this case to rule in favor of our law, and that's never happened before."

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a heartbeat bill, known formally as The Life Act, that bans most abortions once a baby's heartbeat is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into the pregnancy.

The law takes effects January 1, 2020.

hand with ultrasound wandThe legislation drew national attention after Hollywood celebrities threatened to boycott the state if it becomes law.

"I believe that we need to protect unborn babies. They deserve the protection of the law," Dr. Richard Land tells OneNewsNow. "And if celebrities like Alyssa Milano want to boycott Georgia, fine, that's on her head. God blesses those who follow His laws, and Georgia is bringing about blessing upon itself by protecting the most innocent and defenseless among us."

While some groups may be “squeamish” about a lawsuit, Edmonds insists he feels good about the bill’s chances in a court room.

"Not only has our governor said that he's ready for a fight,” he tells OneNewsNow, “but our bill is going to be a novel question that no court has ever heard before."

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