Georgia State Senator Jen Jordan called the state’s “heartbeat bill” abortion ban passed by the state legislature this week “absolutely chilling” and warned the law would have devastating consequences to women in the state.
“This whole issue has really been framed in respect to abortion but it’s much bigger than that,” Jordan said on CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning. “I mean what we’re talking about is the fundamental right to privacy that women have.”
The so-called “heartbeat bill” would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — usually between six and seven weeks. Critics of the bill note that most women don’t know they’re pregnant at that stage. Georgia’s current law allows abortions up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Jordan said the bill could put all pregnancy complications under the eye of the state. “[W]omen have miscarriages every day, women have fertility issues every day,” she argued.
“This bill is going to affect every aspect of every woman’s life in the state of Georgia. And let me be clear, women are going to die because of this law because they can not get appropriate healthcare from OBGYNs in this state, and that is really what’s going to happen at the end of the day.”
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“Let me be clear: Women are going to die because of this law because they cannot get appropriate health care from OBGYNs in this state,” says Dem. Georgia state @senatorjen, appearing with her GOP counterpart to discuss Georgia’s strict anti-abortion bill. https://t.co/YaApuiOeaG pic.twitter.com/x8vsIRr5wY
— New Day (@NewDay) April 1, 2019
The Republican-controlled state legislature passed the bill on Friday. Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to sign the bill into law.
The controversial nature of the bill has already led to many in the film industry to promise to stop doing business in the state.
The film industry is now integral to our economy. Ask the carpenters, hairdressers, caterers, electricians & artists from Senoia to Savannah who rely on these jobs to feed their families. For them, for us, Georgia isn’t Hollywood – it’s home. #gapol #HB481IsBadForBusiness
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 29, 2019
Jordan said doctors have also gotten on board.
“Doctors have told us they’re going to leave. What do you think is going to happen?” she said.
“I mean we are going to have less access to healthcare for these women. Women are going to die because they can’t access healthcare so if you really care about life what you should be focused on is the women of this state.”