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Opinions on Ga.’s new ‘heartbeat’ abortion law

Those on both sides of the abortion debate agreed on at least one thing — that Gov. Brian Kemp was certain to sign HB 481 into law. He did that last week, moving Georgia another step along in a legal debate that will be ultimately decided by the nation’s highest court.

The Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act would outlaw nearly all abortions after what’s described as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, often around six weeks into a pregnancy, and often before a woman even knows she’s pregnant.

We’ve written here before that the ‘heartbeat’ law puts this state into what may well prove to be an expensive, divisive legal struggle that will be resolved far from this state.

As we’ve carried opinions on the abortion debate on our commentary pages, we’ve always noted that there are strongly held beliefs on both sides that haven’t lessened across the decades.

Today, as we’ve done before, we present differing viewpoints on this issue. Two weeks ago, we offered opinions from two opponents of HB 481 and another from a supporter of the legislation. Today, we present views from two supporters of the new law, and also from an opponent of the measure.

The Editorial Board.

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