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Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act

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The “LIFE ACT “defines a fetus as a “natural person”and “human being” once a heartbeat is detected. 

 

A certain legal challenge 

HB 481 would not take effect until the beginning of next year, so the timing of a legal challenge is not yet certain. But the ACLU and other critics have vowed they will bring a lawsuittargeting the legislation -- and promised electoral payback as well. 

“Signing this bill is not the end of the HB 481 fight,” said state Sen. Jen Jordan, D-Atlanta, “it marks beginning of women in this state working to take their place at political table because we’re finished being on the menu.”

Similar measures have been introduced in at least 15 states and three - in Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio – have been signed into law. A federal judge has already blocked Kentucky’s version, and other courts struck down similar laws that were recently enacted in Iowa and North Dakota. 

Like some other versions, Georgia’s law includes exceptions for incest, rape and situations of medical futility or where the health of the mother is at stake. Unlike most others, it defines a fetus as a “natural person” and “human being” once a heartbeat is detected. 

That means any fetus with a detectable heartbeat is included in a count of the state’s population and trigger child support obligations and tax benefits. The law also includes penalties for doctors, pharmacists and mothers who violate the restrictions by terminating a pregnancy. 

The emergence of HB 481 set off one of the most divisive and emotional legislative fights in Georgia in years. Opponents dressed as characters from the dystopian TV show “The Handmaid’s Tale” lined the Capitol hallways; the actress Alyssa Milano delivered a petition to Kemp’s office threatening a boycott. 

Under heavy security, the measure passed the Republican-controlled Senate by a party-line vote. But it faced a tougher audience in the Georgia House, where it narrowly passed as a handful of GOP lawmakers voted “no” or skipped it altogether. Only one Democrat supported it.  

The fallout over the bill will help shape next year’s election. Democrats announced a spate of challenges against Republican lawmakers who voted for the measure days after the legislative session ended. And anti-abortion groups promised to counter with a new effort to mobilize conservative voters to defend the seats. 

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On Tuesday, May 7, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed HB 481, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act, into law. 

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