Fox News is reporting on the signing of the bill which took place this morning. It is now one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country and prohibits abortion after a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks. The law grants exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger. It also provides expectant mothers with child support payments from fathers.
"Georgia is a state that values life," Kemp said before signing the LIFE Act. "We stand up for those who are unable to speak for themselves."
In addition to keeping a campaign promise to sign such a bill, the governor is also standing up to the likes of liberal Hollywood activists such as Alyssa Milano, who have been threatening to boycott the state’s burgeoning film industry.
In a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), Kemp made it quite clear that he wasn’t going to be bullied by Hollywood or anyone else when it came to standing up for the values of the people of Georgia.
"I can't govern because I'm worried about what someone in Hollywood thinks about me," Kemp told the newspaper. "I ran the last two years on these issues, and I got elected with the largest number of votes in the history of the state of Georgia, and I'm doing what I told people I would do."
He added: "Our business environment’s good. We cannot change our values of who we are for money. And we’re not going to do that. That’s what makes our state great."
Planned Parenthood has already threatened legal and political retaliation.
“We warned them - we will see you in court, Governor Kemp,” Staci Fox of Planned Parenthood Southeast told AJC. “And we are coming for their seats.”
The ACLU has also threatened to sue now that the bill has been signed.
Noting that he expects the bill to be challenged, Kemp reminded, that ". . .[O]ur job is to do what is right, not what is easy," Kemp added. "We will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life."
Once the law goes into effect in January of 2020, Georgia will join several other states that passed similar bills such as Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Iowa, and North Dakota.
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