Abortion controversy strikes the nation


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Women all over the country protest for their beliefs.

Lauren Tittes, Reporter

If you haven’t yet heard, the governor of Georgia has just signed a new abortion law for the state, which will be put into action in 2020. This anti-abortion move has also influenced a few other states – Mississippi, Kentucky, and Ohio – among others, to make very similar decisions. These laws will make the choice of termination after six weeks of pregnancy illegal – so what does this really mean?


In the case Roe v. Wade, abortion was made legal up until the point of when the fetus could survive outside the mother’s womb, which is generally around 24 weeks into pregnancy. Now in these new “heartbeat” laws, abortion will only be legal up until the point of when the fetus has a heartbeat. This is usually around 6 weeks of pregnancy, which is sometimes too early for women to even realize they’re pregnant; this is where the controversy comes into play.


The laws in Georgia do make exceptions, like instances that involve rape or health issues, but that doesn’t make up for the many women who are terrified for what the future holds for them. Along with Planned Parenthood, hundreds of women are protesting against these laws, trying to make the message of “my body, my choice” heard. Many doctors who are against the laws have also come forward with statements to prove that the “heartbeat” is actually just a vibration of developing tissues called “embryonic cardiac activity,” but this has shown to do very little for those who are in support of the laws.


The topic of abortion has always divided America, and throughout the decades, we have seen many women want change in both sides of this controversy. Many believe these laws will do more harm than good.