Once fetal heart activity is detected, the law allows expectant mothers to apply for child support to cover the costs of pregnancy and delivery, and requires state officials to calculate the unborn children in the Georgia population in the census. It also extends the definition of “natural person” to “any human being including an unborn child” at any stage of development and grants rights to an embryo or fetus, known as “rights to ID”.
Governor Brian Kemp Signed Georgia’s abortion law in 2019, but the courts blocked it until last month. Many government agencies said in the days after the law went into effect that it had yet to determine how the “moral rights” provisions would be implemented.
Activists on both sides of the abortion debate began speculating in December that the US Supreme Court would overturn Roe sued Wade, the nearly 50-year-old decision guaranteeing the constitutional right to abortion, after analyzing oral arguments made about abortion laws in Mississippi.
A draft of the Supreme Court’s position on Roe’s overturn was leaked in May, setting the stage for the inevitable final decision in the Dobbs Women’s Health Foundation v. Jackson to be made. at the end of June. Last month, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its order, allowing Georgia’s law to go into effect.