Media Spreads Huge Falsehoods About Georgia’s Abortion Law, Try to Spur Panic

May 15, 2019May 15, 2019

On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the strongest anti-abortion bills in our nation. And the media went berserk.

But not only did many outlets start to hyperventilate, some tried to spur a nationwide panic by spreading outright falsehoods about the new law.

According to CNN, starting on Jan. 1, it will be illegal to kill an unborn baby in Georgia if their heartbeat is detected. That can be as early in the pregnancy as six weeks. But the Daily Wire reported that numerous outlets are making false claims about the exceptions and inclusions in the law.

Business Insider claimed that “Women could get up to 30 years in prison for having a miscarriage under Georgia’s harsh new abortion law.”

Slate took it a step further, writing, “Georgia just criminalized abortion. Women who terminate their pregnancies would receive life in prison.”

The Week reported that “Georgia’s ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill could imprison women for life.”

And Glamour also said, “Women who have an abortion in Georgia could be sentenced to life in prison.”

But Rick Lowry of the New York Post corrected the record on a few things.

The claim that women could get life in prison if they have an abortion performed “is a stupid lie,” Lowry said. He pointed out that the new law clearly states that only a third party involved in an abortion could be prosecuted.

A third party would mean an abortionist. It could also apply to someone who beats a woman, causing the baby to die, David French of the National Review pointed out. Criminal abortion itself will not result in life imprisonment but is instead limited to a maximum of a 10-year sentence.

Also, current Georgia statutes, which are not overruled by this new “heartbeat” law, will continue to bar women from being prosecuted if they themselves perform the abortion on their own baby. In other words, they won’t get in trouble with the law.

There’s an additional lie being spread around by celebrities: that women who become pregnant after being raped cannot legally abort the baby in Georgia.

According to Fox News, the bill does not protect the lives of babies conceived out of rape or incest. It also allows for abortion if it’s determined that the mother’s life is in danger.

Alabama’s new anti-abortion law, on the other hand, protects more babies than Georgia’s law. It’s considered by many, including the Daily Wire, to be the most pro-life law in America if implemented.

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the pro-life bill into law Wednesday evening after it was approved by the state legislature, CNN reported.

The Alabama bill, once it's in effect, does protect the unborn baby in cases of rape or incest. There is an exception if an "abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk" for the mother.

Ivey noted, however, when signing the bill that the Supreme Court may deem it unenforceable.

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