Georgia District Attorney Sherry Boston revealed during an interview with MSNBC that she will not enforce a new state-wide ban on abortions.
In the interview, Boston called the law “unconstitutional and very ambiguous.”
She added: “I have an obligation to protect the citizens in my community.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law the legislation which bars abortion after six weeks of a pregnancy, or once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
“We will not back down,” Kemp said during the May 7 signing ceremony. “We will always continue to fight for life.”
Here’s more, from the Associated Press:
The legal director of the ACLU of Georgia, Sean Young, has said the group will challenge the measure in court.
“Under 50 years of Supreme Court precedent, this abortion ban is clearly unconstitutional,” Young said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “Every federal court that has heard a challenge to a similar ban has ruled that it’s unconstitutional.”
Current law allows women in Georgia to seek an abortion during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. If it’s not blocked in court, the new ban would take effect Jan. 1.
The measure makes exceptions in the case of rape and incest — if the woman files a police report first — and to save the life of the mother. It also would allow for abortions when a fetus is determined not to be viable because of serious medical issues.
In addition, the bill includes provisions for alimony, child support and even income tax deductions for fetuses, declaring that “the full value of a child begins at the point when a detectable human heartbeat exists.”
The legislation would result in $10 million to $20 million in lost tax revenue for the state each year, according to its author, Republican Rep. Ed Setzler, who offered the estimate during a committee hearing in March.
Setzler called the bill a “common sense” measure that seeks to “balance the difficult circumstances women find themselves in with the basic right to life of a child.”
The law quickly sparked nationwide debate as to its constitutionality and potential impact on the socio-political environment.
Several actors, actresses, and directors announced they would not longer be filming in Georgia due to the law, Daily Mail reports:
Georgia has become a major filming location for television shows and movies because of the 30 percent tax break offered by the state.
It’s resulted in almost $3 billion in Hollywood productions happening there, including Netflix’s Stranger Things and Ozark series.
But numerous celebrities have spoken up against Georgia’s law as it was debated in the state legislature.
In March, before Kemp signed the bill, actress and activist Alyssa Milano sent a letter to the governor and state House Speaker David Ralston – signed by 49 fellow actors – threatening to boycott the state if it became law.
Gov. Kemp acknowledged the boycott during the Georgia Republican Convention over the weekend where he said: “I understand that some folks don’t like this new law. I’m fine with that. We’re elected to do what’s right — and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do.”
“We are the party of freedom and opportunity. We value and protect innocent life – even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.”
From the Hill:
Actor Jason Bateman has vowed to refuse to work in Georgia if the law makes it through the court system.
Bateman currently stars in and executive produces shows that are filmed in the state.
Other celebrities have spoken out against the legislation, with many signing a letter vowing to boycott Georgia, including Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Mia Farrow, Christina Applegate and Ben Stiller.
Other major pro-life initiatives were passed in Alabama and Missouri.