Kemp Announces Bill Banning Abortion If Roe V. Wade Overturned

Feb 28, 2019

A bill that will be filed in the Georgia House would virtually ban abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its Roe v. Wade decision or if states are allowed to outlaw abortion.

In a press release Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp announced support for the bill, which provides a maximum penalty of $100,000 fine and 10 years in prison for someone who performs an abortion.

On the campaign trail, Kemp vowed to pass the "toughest abortion laws in the country."

"Our state values life - from conception to natural death," Kemp said in the release. "This legislation reflects our calling to protect the unborn and our desire to ensure opportunity for all. In a time where lawmakers across the country justify late-term abortions and infanticide, we will champion life. "

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The full text of the bill, filed by Reps. Jodi Lott (R-Evans) and Dominic LaRiccia (R-Douglas), will be available on the General Assembly's website Friday morning.

It comes after Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) filed the "Living Infants Fairness and Equality" Act that would bar physicians from performing abortions if a heartbeat is detected,  which can be around 6 weeks. State law bans abortions after 20 weeks.