The great State of Georgia enacted a restrictive abortion law this week forbidding abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat. That’s usually around 6 weeks give or take. Most women don’t even know they are pregnant after 6 weeks.
Of course, there is no exception for rape or incest. This legislation is similar to Ohio’s where the ten year old girl who was raped and 6 weeks and 3 days pregnant had to travel to Indiana to get an abortion just last week.
As in Ohio, a Georgia girl would be forced to give birth. After all, it is God’s will she got pregnant.
Georgia’s six-week abortion ban and fetal personhood bill has gone into effect as of Wednesday, July 20, after an unusual ruling issued by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Instead of giving a 28-day grace period, as usually happens, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an immediate stay of the lower court’s injunction against the bill.
No one asked the court to do this; it acted on its own accord. Considering the opinion’s author, Chief Judge William Pryor, called the plaintiffs and appellees “abortionists” at least 21 times in the opinion, it’s not hard to believe.
The bill also codifies fetal personhood into Georgia state law. Under this law, an embryo or fetus at any stage of development is considered a person. While the plaintiffs are allowed to return to the district court level to raise new challenges against the fetal personhood statute, this ruling is still a major coup for anti-abortion legislators and advocates. The law encourages patients to rat out their own abortion providers. From the legislation: “Any woman upon whom an abortion is performed in violation of this Code section may recover in a civil action from the person who engaged in such violation all damages available to her under Georgia law for any torts.”
Nice. Get an abortion. Then sue your doctor. Nothing but pigs.
Georgia becomes the latest southern state to lose access to virtually all abortions in its borders. Good news about abortion bans being blocked from taking effect—like what happened this week in West Virginia—is becoming more and more unlikely, it seems.
Now those with some knowledge of geography will know that Georgia is next to Florida.
In Florida, abortion is still legal until 15 weeks. Here too, no exceptions for rape or incest.
An appeals court Thursday allowed Florida’s 15-week abortion limit to remain in effect and signaled it will overturn a circuit judge’s ruling that would have temporarily blocked the law.
A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 decision, said abortion clinics and a doctor challenging the law had not shown they would suffer “irreparable harm” from the nearly total ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
But Florida’s abortion law is under a serious challenge and will go to the State Supreme Court. For, you see, Florida has a Right to Privacy article in its state constitution.
The Constitution of the State of Florida expressly recognize a right to privacy under Article I, Section 12 – Florida’s Constitutional Right to Privacy:
Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person’s private life except as otherwise provided herein.
Seems pretty damn clear to me.
It will be argued in front of the Florida Supreme Court that abortion has fallen under this Article in the past, should continue to fall under it and that nothing could be more private than bodily integrity.
In the meanwhile, Georgia women needing abortion services can find them in Florida up to 15 weeks gestation.
You gotta get out the vote ladies.