Georgia Consummates Heartbeat Bill and Makes Women Pay a Fine For Second-Degree Murder If They Miscarry

The bill threatens the sanctity of reproductive rights in the USA. The ACLU has claimed they will fight the bill in court posthaste.
Across the United States, local governments are inhibiting the ability for individuals to have an abortion, stamping out reproductive rights in slow but sweeping movements. Some suggest that state governments are withholding abortion rights in a bid to overturn the monumental Roe v. Wade ruling issued in 1973 which deemed the criminalization of or restricted access to abortions unconstitutional. Most recently, the state of Georgia has signed into law the infamous "Heartbeat Bill," banning abortions after the point that a heartbeat can be detected. This puts many women at risk and cruelly subjects them to the death penalty or life in prison for a choice that belongs to them — not the state, reports CNN.
Georgia Consummates Heartbeat Bill and Makes Women Pay a Fine For Second-Degree Murder If They Miscarry
On Tuesday, May 7, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the "Fetal Heartbeat Bill" after it passed both the State House and Senate over the past couple of months. Heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks leading policy experts to believe that banning abortions past the first few weeks of pregnancy could coerce women to look for other illegal means of undergoing an abortion. Not only could this be severely dangerous for women, it would as per the new law, also result in legal repercussions. Women who seek abortions or miscarry, according to the bill, would be liable for second-degree murder as the fetus would be considered a full-fledged human being with full 14th Amendment rights.
Georgia Consummates Heartbeat Bill and Makes Women Pay a Fine For Second-Degree Murder If They Miscarry

When signing the bill into law, Republican Governor Kemp stated, "[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." Surrounded by supporters of this oppressive bill, he continued, "I realize that some may challenge it in a court of law. But our job is to do what is right, not what is easy. We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life."
Georgia Consummates Heartbeat Bill and Makes Women Pay a Fine For Second-Degree Murder If They Miscarry

As Governor Kemp predicted, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has affirmed they will, without a doubt, challenge the bill in court. According to CNN, the ACLU, along with other critics, said the bill "would ban safe, legal abortion and criminalize the most intimate decision women and couples make." In an interview with the news outlet, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia Andrea Young confirmed the organization was in the process of drafting a court challenge to the bill.
Georgia Consummates Heartbeat Bill and Makes Women Pay a Fine For Second-Degree Murder If They Miscarry

She asserted in a written statement, "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. We will act to block this assault on women's health, rights, and self-determination." In accordance with Young's statements, Staci Fox, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast informed Governor Kemp she would "see [him] in court." She added, "We are coming for their seats," directed towards proponents of the tyrannical legislation.
Georgia Consummates Heartbeat Bill and Makes Women Pay a Fine For Second-Degree Murder If They Miscarry

However, critics across the United States have made statements against Georgia's recent policy development. Former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote in a post uploaded to social media platform Twitter, "Six-week abortion bans are effectively total bans on abortion, as many women don't know they are pregnant at six weeks. I stand with everyone in Georgia and around the country fighting these illegal measures that threaten women’s lives and freedoms."
Georgia Consummates Heartbeat Bill and Makes Women Pay a Fine For Second-Degree Murder If They Miscarry

Similarly, political trailblazer and House Representative for New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caused quite the Twitter firestorm when she called the bill a "backdoor ban." She posted, “'Six weeks pregnant' [is equal to] two weeks late on your period. Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body outside of the things they want from it. It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period and not be pregnant. So this is a backdoor ban."
Georgia Consummates Heartbeat Bill and Makes Women Pay a Fine For Second-Degree Murder If They Miscarry

According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization, approximately 25 million unsafe abortions take place every year around the world. About seven million of these result in medical complications, leading to hospitalization. This is far less common in situations when a woman has access to a safe, affordable, and judgment-free abortion. It is yet to be seen what the legislation will look like in practice but as of now, it threatens the safety, freedom, and rights of women across the state.