The technical language of the law implies prosecutors could file murder charges against women who get abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected and doctors who perform them.
“No woman should live in fear of prison time or the death penalty for making a decision regarding her health,” Farokhi said. “Likewise, doctors should not fear imprisonment for doing their job.”
Similar bills have been passed in Alabama, Missouri, and Mississippi. Georgia’s legislation comes as several metro Atlanta district attorney said they won’t prosecute women for getting an abortion.
Fulton County DA Paul Howard “has no intention of ever prosecuting a woman under this new law,” a spokesman said, adding that he would not prosecute abortion providers either.
DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston said she will not prosecute given the “ambiguity and constitutional concerns” of the bill.
“As a woman and mother, I am concerned about the passage and attempted passage of laws such as this one in Georgia, Alabama, and other states,” she said in a statement.
— Staff writers Maya T. Prabhu and J.D. Capelouto contributed to this article.
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Several district attorneys in metro Atlanta say they would not prosecute women for getting an abortion. DeKalb DA Sherry Boston: “As a woman and mother, I am concerned about the passage and attempted passage of laws such as this one in Georgia ... and other states.” Gwinnett DA Danny Porter: “As a matter of law this office will not be prosecuting any women under the new law as long as I’m district attorney.” Cobb Acting DA John Melvin: Women would “absolutely not” be prosecuted under the unlawful abortion