Jameela Jamil Says She Had an Abortion, Speaks Out Against Georgia Law

Clay Curtis
May 15, 2019

The actress, 33, posted a string of messages on Twitter after the U.S. state of Georgia moved to ban abortions once a foetal heartbeat is detected. The legislation now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey, who will decide whether to sign the bill into law. Opponents wanted an amendment to permit exceptions for rape and incest; proponents are pushing a "clean" bill that would clear the way for a Supreme Court review of Roe v. Wade.

"We will not stand by while politicians endanger the lives of women and doctors for political gain", wrote Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project, in an email to CBS News following the vote. If this legislation goes into effect, women will be banned from getting abortions as a heartbeat is detected, often as early as six weeks.

Supporters said the bill is intentionally created to conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationally, because they hope to spark a court case that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion rights.

"Our bill says that baby in the womb is a person", said Republican Rep. Terri Collins, the bill's sponsor, said in an interview. Those performing abortions would be committing a felony, punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison, although a woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally liable. "We want abortions to be safe, and we want them to be few, but it should be legal, because there will be abortions", Democratic Senator Linda Coleman-Madison told The New York Times.

(b) A person convicted of the offense of criminal abortion shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years. But she also wants to make sure the law is strong enough to force federal court intervention - something she and others hope will lead to national restrictions on abortion.

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"You don't have to raise that child".

An attempt to add an exemption for rape is expected during the debate Tuesday night.

In other words, an abortionist providing an illegal abortion, or a man beating a woman and killing her baby, would be in deep legal trouble for murder; not the woman so-called "self-terminating".

Ivey has not publically said whether she will sign the bill if it's approved by lawmakers. "Until now, there was no prospect of reversing Roe", Alabama Pro-Life Coalition co-founder and president, Eric Johnston, who drafted the bill, told NYT.

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