Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building during the Right To Life March, in January in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Photo: Mark Wilson
Photo: Mark Wilson

Opinion: Views on the abortion debate in Ga., U.S.

Georgia’s anti-abortion bill, HB 481, is now before Gov. Brian Kemp. Under any foreseeable circumstance, he is certain to sign it into law, as early as this week.

The Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act would outlaw nearly all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is often around 6 weeks of pregnancy, which can be before women even know they’re pregnant.

We’ve written here before about the strong, passionate opinions on both sides of this decades-long debate. And we’ve written that HB 481 will put Georgia into what could be an expensive legal battle that will ultimately not be decided here as federal courts will at some point rule on what’s the law of this land.

Not surprisingly, more than a few Georgians have offered this newspaper their opinions on this emotional debate. Today, we present three viewpoints on HB 481 and the American abortion question. An anti-abortion Democrat writes in support of the bill. And the local and national presidents of The National Organization for Women write in combined opposition to the ‘heartbeat’ bill and the movement driving similar laws in other states. The head of the Georgia ACLU also voices her viewpoint in favor of what she says is a necessary choice for women and the implications the law could bring upon Georgia.

Click on links below to read views on HB 481 

>> Opinion: Ga. should remain a hospitable place for women

>> Opinion: ‘Heartbeat’ bill rightly protects unborn children

>> Opinion: Ga.’s proposed abortion ban puts women, doctors at great risk

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Andre Jackson, for the Editorial Board.