Georgia lawmakers: Abortion illegal 'if doctor can detect heartbeat'
SEE ALSO :South Korea lifts ban on abortionShortly after the passage of the bill, the Democratic Party in Georgia said that it has started an initiative to recruit candidates to challenge Republicans who supported the legislation. "Republicans have shown that they can't be trusted to make decisions on behalf of Georgia women, Georgia's healthcare system or Georgia's economy," said Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia said in a statement. Georgia currently allows abortions up to 20 weeks into pregnancy. Measures such as this one have been passed in Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee over the past year. But judges in Iowa and Kentucky blocked similar laws earlier this month. Activists on both sides of the issue say the laws are aimed at getting a case sent to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge to Roe v. Wade, the court's 1973 landmark decision, which said women have a constitutional right to an abortion. The American Civil Liberties Union in Georgia warned that it will sue if Kemp signs the bill. "If ... Kemp signs this abortion ban bill into law, the ACLU has one message: we will see you in court," Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia, said in a statement.