"We have a governor that is committed to limiting access and pushing access out of reach for those of us who need it the most. Kemp has sent a clear message about whose lives are important and whose lives aren't important. And I must say as a black woman living here in the state of Georgia it doesn't feel like he thinks that my life is important."
3. Various of protesters outside of Georgia capitol building
4, Various of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signing 'heartbeat' law
"I have one message for Governor Kemp. We will see you sir in court. And for those lawmakers who voted for HB 41 who voted against women by supporting this bill you were nervous to take this vote and you should have been nervous because we are watching and we are coming for you and your seat. We're not waiting for 2020. We are starting that work now. We are going to make sure your constituents know how you voted and what women really mean to you because this means that you don't trust women and you don't care about women's lives."
5. Various of protesters outside of Georgia capitol building
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea Young, ACLU:
"We are preparing with our local attorneys, with our national attorneys, with our coalition partners. A comprehensive challenge to the many ways that this bill is unconstitutional and violates the fundamental constitutional rights of women in this country."
7. Various of protesters outside of Georgia capitol building
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Krystal Redman, SPARK:
"It is a forced pregnancy Bill. This is a forced restriction of health care bill. This is not just about abortion. This is restricting access to health care services specifically for marginalized communities specifically for black people specifically for queer people specifically for trans people, non binary people here in Georgia."
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws, a measure that bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant.
Kemp, a Republican, said he approved the bill "to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state."
The signing caps weeks of tension and protests at the state Capitol and begins what could be a lengthy and costly legal battle over the law's constitutionality. But a legal showdown is exactly what supporters want.
"We will not back down," Kemp said. "We will always continue to fight for life."
Anti-abortion activists and lawmakers across the country have been energized by the new conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court that includes President Donald Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
They are pushing abortion bans in an attack on the high court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide until a fetus is developed enough to live outside a woman's uterus.
Staci Fox, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said she had one message for Kemp: "We will see you, sir, in court."
The organization vowed to campaign to unseat lawmakers who supported it, saying they would "be held accountable for playing politics with women's health."
The legal director of the ACLU of Georgia, Sean Young, has said the group will challenge the measure in court.
"We are preparing with our local attorneys, with our national attorneys, with our coalition partners. A comprehensive challenge to the many ways that this bill is unconstitutional and violates the fundamental constitutional rights of women in this country," said Andrea Young of the ACLU.
Current law allows women in Georgia to seek an abortion during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. If it's not blocked in court, the new ban would take effect Jan. 1.
The measure makes exceptions in the case of rape and incest — if the woman files a police report first — and to save the life of the mother. It also would allow for abortions when a fetus is determined not to be viable because of serious medical issues.
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