One of the most protective abortion laws in the nation has been signed by Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia. The outcome of this law is the legal protection of babies after six weeks gestation, the stage when doctors can normally detect a heartbeat. There are a few exceptions, which include preventing death or major harm to the woman and in situations of rape or incest, after a police report has been filed.
Like three other states that have enacted similar laws, it is expected Georgia’s law will come up against an immediate legal challenge. Supporters hope that this law will begin a re-evaluation of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court. Roe v. Wade was the landmark 1973 decision that overrode state abortion laws and made abortion legal all nine months of pregnancy.
In a signing ceremony at the State Capitol, Kemp, a Republican, said that his administration is prepared for a court fight.
“Our job is to do what is right, not what is easy,” he said, as reported by The New York Times. “We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down.”
This Georgia legislation is just one of the latest developments in a wide-ranging battle over abortion that has taken place this year. State legislators headed by Republicans in the Midwest and the South have taken the lead. Conservative lawmakers have seen the recent changes in the Supreme Court as an opportunity to get overturn Roe v. Wade.
“This is a historic day for Georgia,” Catherine Davis, a pro-life rights activist said, as reported by The New York Times. “This is a day that many of us who have been in the pro-life fight for years and years and years didn’t really think it would be possible, in light of the politics of the issue,” Davis said at Kemp’s signing ceremony.
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Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a controversial abortion bill on May 15 that may have the ability to penalize doctors who conduct abortions with life in prison.
“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature,” Ivey, a Republican, said in a statement, as reported by CNN. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
The bill was approved 24-6 by the Alabama Senate on Tuesday, May 14. The law’s only allowances include “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” for ectopic pregnancy and if the child in the womb has “a lethal anomaly,” as told by CNN. Democrats attempted an amendment to exclude cases such as rape and incest victims, but the motion was not successful, with an 11-21 vote.
Ivey mentioned in her statement that this law may be difficult to enforce because of the Supreme Court’s case, Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal in every American state. The intention of this new law was to challenge Roe v. Wade, Ivey said.
“No matter one’s personal view on abortion, we can all recognize that, at least for the short term, this bill may similarly be unenforceable,” Ivey wrote. “As citizens of this great country, we must always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions. Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur.”
Alabama is now at the forefront of passing measures to protect unborn babies. Georgia’s Gov. Kemp recently signed a pro-life protection bill, you can read about it here.
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Warrior, fighter for life, and a proclaimer of the love and compassion of God. Gianna Jessen could be considered a modern-day hero. Jessen lived through her mother’s attempt to end her life at 7 ½ months with a saline abortion. According to her website, giannajessen.com, Jessen’s medical records from the day of her birth read “Born during saline abortion.” An abortionist had to sign Jessen’s birth certificate.
Life is not without hardship for Jessen; she lives with cerebral palsy.
“[The doctors] said I would never be able to sit up straight, but I sat up straight. Then they said I would never be able to walk, but by the age of three I was walking with a frame and leg braces,” Jessen told The Telegraph. “I have a little bit of feistiness in me.”
Jessen does not let her physical health keep her from pursuing what she is passionate about.
The last week in May, Jessen visited Brazil for several speaking engagements, which included speaking to the country’s congress. According to her Facebook live, posted directly after the event on May 30th, she was told by Christians there that Satanists and feminists were present.
An “angry mob” as Jessen called it, had gathered in the building.
Jessen said that the mob would hardly let her speak. She found out later that they were calling on the names of demons. She was impressed by the power of God.
“I didn’t feel defeated at all,” she said. “It was awesome to see how calm God can keep you. I have never seen evil manifest in that way before in my life. And I also have never experienced in quite that way the keeping power of Christ. I felt like a queen. I felt kept, I felt safe.”
By miraculous intervention or what have you, the mob was silent for just enough time for Jessen to tell her story.
Jessen is a great example of someone who is giving their all for Jesus.
“I am honest, with myself and with Jesus,” she said at giannajessen.com, “to the point where one might mistake my honesty for irreverence. But I would rather risk that and give Him my truest self than live life thinly veiled. I find most of life very funny indeed. I would say I laugh most of the time and cry at other times. But the crying is merely sowing seeds of joy for the future. My goal is to live the impossible since nothing is impossible for God.”
Deputy Jeremie Nix (FL) has been praised for saving the life of a three-month-old baby who stopped breathing. Nix was flagged down on May 9th by the child’s mother who couldn’t get her baby to respond. Several life-saving techniques were administered by Nix, but he was unable to revive the child named Kingston. Instead of waiting for the medics and the ambulance that was coming, he took the child in his patrol vehicle, turned his lights on and drove quickly to the nearest emergency room, Ocala Regional Medical Center. Kingston recovered with the help of the doctors. Deputy Nix has been commended for his quick thinking, which saved Kingston’s Life.
The Marion County Sheriff’s office said in an article by People.com, “We are tremendously proud of Deputy Nix and we can already see that he and Baby Kingston will have a deep connection that will last a lifetime!!”
The child’s mother, Nechole Cromwell, was on her way to the emergency room but had been unable to get there fast enough due to traffic. She spotted Nix on the road and turned on her emergency lights to get Nix’s attention.
The whole ordeal was captured by dashcam video from deputy Nix’s patrol vehicle. Watch the video here.
Nix, in an article by the CNN, told reporters, “I remember praying, thanking God for putting me in the right place, at the right time for the right reason. This was the most emotional day I’ve ever had in my career. It was also the scariest and the most rewarding.”
Kingston’s mother acknowledged the excellence of deputy Nix’s performance. “I am forever grateful,” Cromwell said in an article by Inside Edition. “He was my baby’s guardian angel on earth. It was God and Deputy Nix who saved [Kingston’s] life.” Cromwell expressed her thankfulness in a Facebook post. “I just wanted the world to know how great this officer is, & how GREAT GOD is,” she wrote.
Marion County sheriff’s office said in an article by People.com, “We are happy to report that Baby Kingston is doing very well and doctors say he will make a full recovery.”