Supporters of Georgia’s law have said that it has the best chance of reversing Roe v. Wade because of its provisions that grants human rights to fetuses, making abortion the equivalent of murder.
“The foundation of Roe is cracked, and we will soon see a day where that unconstitutional decision is no longer the law of the land,” said Cole Muzio, president of Frontline Policy Action, a group that lobbies for anti-abortion legislation. “We expect that reality to be very much at the forefront of the hearing, and we are confident that we will see Georgia’s Heartbeat Law implemented in our state soon.”
Georgia’s law would allow parents, once a doctor detects fetal cardiac activity, to claim an embryo on their taxes as a dependent. A court could also order a father to pay child support after fetal cardiac activity is detected.
Anti-abortion activists are hopeful that the appeal will go their way after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a similar restrictive law to go into effect in Texas.
In addition to a ban on the procedure once fetal cardiac activity can be detected, Texas’ law allows private citizens to sue anyone involved in facilitating abortions and anyone who successfully sues another person in that situation would be entitled to at least $10,000.
Some Georgia Republicans are eyeing Texas’ law to see if it can be implemented here while Georgia’s “Heartbeat Law” makes its way through the legal system. ACLU officials said they would fight that.
“Unleashing vigilantes and bounty hunters on Georgia’s health providers and family members who are supporting women’s private choices would be ruthless,” said ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Andrea Young. “The ACLU went to court to block the last abortion ban law and we will fight any attempt to deny Georgia’s women the right to decide.”