In a heartbeat, Georgia opens the floodgates for new abortion laws

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In a heartbeat, Georgia opens the floodgates for new abortion laws

Women protest Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga, May 7, 2019.

Women protest Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga, May 7, 2019.

Elijah Nouvelage

Women protest Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga, May 7, 2019.

Elijah Nouvelage

Elijah Nouvelage

Women protest Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga, May 7, 2019.

Sheila Ventura, J1 Reporter

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On May 15, 2019, Alabama and Georgia have both passed a bill stating that it is illegal to have an abortion when you’re at least six-weeks into the pregnancy. This puts many women in danger as well as the baby they are forced to keep. According to CNN, after spending hours debating, the Republicans won the vote by 25-6. There were 25 men who voted for the bill. No women.

The bill states that a heartbeat can be detected at six weeks into the pregnancy. In some cases, some women do not know they are pregnant at six weeks.

For example, when a woman is raped and gets pregnant by her rapist, she would have to live with the pain and suffering knowing that she has to carry the baby that was conceived by a rapist. If a doctor were to help her and perform the abortion, the doctor would receive more time in prison than the actual rapist himself.

Many women suffer from medical issues and are not able to carry a child and sometimes have no other option but to abort. This ruling could endanger many women and their unborn children.

There is always adoption or foster care as a choice of course, but according to childrensrights.org, in 2017, more than 690,000 kids were in foster care at some point that year, so the system is overcrowded. Another point is that according to Youth Today, eighty-five percent of children are abused in foster care everyday from their foster parents. The percentage could increase due to this bill putting mothers in the dangerous position to have to choose what and how to take care of their child.  Do they have a child they know they can’t afford, or choose an even more dangerous option and look for alternative ways to abort their unborn child?

There are many reasons why abortions should be legal, but why not leave it up to the woman to decide what is best for her? Why should a group of men decide for them?

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