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A unique protest strategy challenges a state’s new abortion law.

Here’s the backstory and why it matters.

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“Our reproductive rights are being erased. Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”

Actress & activist Alyssa Milano after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed one of the country's most restrictive abortion bills into law last week. It would go into effect next year.
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About GA’s New Law

  • “Heartbeat laws” ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected (around six weeks of pregnancy).
  • So far in 2019, three other states (KY, MS, OH) besides GA have passed fetal heartbeat laws. None are in effect due to legal challenges.
  • At least 15 other states are considering similar bills.
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Why It Matters

  • State efforts to legislate abortion have increased.
  • Some states, like GA, have passed more restrictive laws; challenges *could* eventually end up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Other states, like NY, have passed less restrictive laws, in an effort to proactively protect “abortion rights” due to political climate.
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“The heartbeat bill is the next incremental step in our strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade.”

Mike Gonidakis, Ohio Right to Life. The appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh tilted the Supreme Court to a conservative majority and motivated some opponents of abortion to push legal challenges with the hopes of a case being heard by like-minded Supreme Court judges. Roe v. Wade can't be "tried" again, but a new abortion case could alter/challenge federal law.
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Roe v. Wade

  • 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized abortion *with limits.*
  • Legalized abortion in 1st trimester.
  • States can regulate, not outlaw, abortion in 2nd trimester.
  • States can regulate/outlaw abortion in 3rd trimester *except* when health/life of mother threatened.
  • This is why states have different laws.
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Today, the Alabama Senate will consider a law that bans all abortions (at any point in the mother's pregnancy) except in cases where the mother's life is in danger, and would penalize doctors who perform abortions by up to 99 years in prison

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