As the July 24 runoff elections get closer, the Georgia GOP candidates for Governor look to secure the base of their party.
Candidate for Governor, and current Secretary of State, Brian Kemp sends a message out to the Georgia Republican base that he will sign and fight for pro-life legislation.
In a press release, Kemp states that he “will significantly move the needle on pro-life legislation in our state and fight against the left to make sure these laws stand.”
Kemp stated he would also support legislation that would outlaw abortions that are greater than six weeks gestation. Such policies are known as “heartbeat” legislation. The state of Iowa passed “heartbeat” legislation this year in which abortions, once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy, would be illegal. Exceptions are made in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency.
Kemp touted in his press release that “I am the only candidate for governor to signal support for the bill that was just passed in Iowa.”
Pro-life advocates who support such legislation often say that if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then a beating heart would then indicate life.
Many pro-abortion groups believe that Iowa’s heartbeat bill is unconstitutional and is an attack on women’s health and their rights. In June, an Iowa judge blocked the law from being implemented.
Since 2013, heartbeat legislation across the country has been proposed, but many of the bills have stalled in their respective state legislatures, and many have been blocked.
Kemp’s statement further goes on to say in his press release that “[t]he left calls it radical, but it’s just common sense to me. As the father of three, I remember listening to the heartbeats of my girls. We were knitted together in our mother’s womb and protecting His craftsmanship at six weeks is certainly worth the inevitable courtroom battle.”
“Being pro-life is more than just protecting embryos. That’s why my administration will review the entire Georgia Code to ensures that all life – from conception to natural death is protected and treated equally under the law. By recognizing that an unborn child is a person, we will make it abundantly clear that Georgia values all people – regardless of age, race, mental status, or state or health.
Kemp’s release further states that if elected Georgia’s governor, he will use the Department of Community Health ensure the letter and the spirit of the law will be enforced in clinics across the state.
From the most recent data reported by the Georgia Department of Community Health’s OASIS Database, the number of Induced Terminations of Pregnancy (ITOPS) in 2016 was 29,551 for the state. In 2015, Georgia’s ITOPS rate was at 26,612.
Last year, as a nation, the abortion rate fell below pre-Roe vs. Wade (1973) abortion levels which is at a rate of 14.6 percent. The highest the nation’s rate has been was around 29 percent in the late 1970s.