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Georgia House committee approves fetal heartbeat bill
Georgia House committee approves fetal heartbeat bill

A Georgia House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would prohibit abortions after the discovery of a fetal heartbeat.

The bill is known as the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act” and aims to “protect the fundamental rights of particular classes of persons who had not previously been recognized under law.” The bill provides that “[n]o abortion is authorized or shall be performed if the unborn child has been determined to have a human heartbeat” except for in certain medical situations. The medical exceptions include situations where the pregnant woman’s life is in danger, where the pregnant woman is in danger of “serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function,” or where an abortion would “[p]reserve the life of an unborn child.”

The bill is similar to other fetal heartbeat bills that have been proposed in other states.