ATLANTA — Fulfilling a campaign commitment, Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws in the nation into law Tuesday morning. Kemp signed the so-called Heartbeat Bill, which outlaws most abortions after about six weeks, which is when a fetal heartbeat is usually first detected.
The bill, which was sponsored by state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), would allow abortions in cases where the mother’s life or health is in danger, or in cases of medical emergency. The bill also says that even an unborn child at any stage of development in the womb would be included in state population-based counts.