The Georgia legislature, a citizen body of working professionals which consists of doctors, lawyers, nurses, engineers, teachers, and businesspeople, is advancing the LIFE Act (HB-481) because science tells us that a child with a beating heart has crossed the definitive scientific threshold in which they have a 95 percent chance of being carried to term and the definitive medical threshold that for centuries has established the presence of human life: the heartbeat.
In the face of vitriol from pro-abortion legislators and shout-downs from costumed activists, Georgia legislators are advancing the LIFE Act because it is also legally sound. HB-481 is unlike any other “heartbeat bill” in the nation by establishing the legal personhood of the unborn child. Quoting the text of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade (1973) opinion, if the “personhood [of the child] is established, the [pro-abortion] appellant’s case, of course, collapses for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment.” Informed by the Roe decision itself, the LIFE Act is built on the long established foundation of a state’s authority to recognize a person’s rights more expansively than the minimum required by federal law. As examples of this, Georgia currently provides more expansive privacy and eminent domain protections than the U.S. Constitution requires; also, many states recognized a woman’s right to vote long before the 19th Amendment required it.