ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard does not intend to prosecute women under Georgia’s newly signed abortion law, called the Heartbeat Bill. The bill, recently signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, is set to take effect next year. Howard’s office said he will continue to follow the Roe v. Wade precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The bill, authored by a suburban Atlanta Republican lawmaker, outlaws most abortions after about six weeks, which is when a fetal heartbeat is usually first detected. It would allow abortions in cases where the mother’s life or health is in danger, or in cases of medical emergency. It also says an unborn child at any stage of development in the womb would be included in state population-based counts.