Abortion law “opens up a Pandora’s box of surveillance and criminalization targeting anyone in the state who can become pregnant.”
A new report from HuffPost is digging into how Gov. Brian Kemp’s extreme abortion ban opens pregnant women up to prosecution – even those who had a natural miscarriage. Because abortion is “medically indistinguishable” from a miscarriage, Kemp’s restrictive law “empowers officials to scrutinize, surveil and criminalize not only women seeking abortion care, but also women with wanted pregnancies.”
The new report lays out the implications of Kemp’s ban on abortion, including the fact that the law grants full legal rights to fetuses, which has serious implications for Georgia law — pregnant women could be prosecuted if something were to happen to their fetuses. The article warns that Kemp’s law “effectively opens up a Pandora’s box of surveillance and criminalization targeting anyone in the state who can become pregnant.”
The article follows others that have raised concerns about Kemp’s extreme abortion ban – and just a couple of months ago, a group of Georgia doctors raised similar concerns about Kemp’s abortion ban, noting that it could threaten their ability to treat miscarriages, force doctors and women to live under constant fear of investigation or criminal prosecution, and intensify stress on Georgia’s health care system.
Kemp has refused to “specifically respond to how medical emergencies would be deciphered” under his extreme ban on abortion and as the HuffPost report notes, Kemp has said “little to nothing” about the law, particularly on its enforcement, “despite its central place in his 2019 campaign.”
Huffington Post: Georgia Says A Fetus Is A Person. The Implications Are Terrifying.