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Controversial abortion laws spark debate across the country

Posted: 7:09 PM, May 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-16 20:22:33-04

People across the country have been watching closely as states like Georgia and Alabama pass stricter abortion laws.

Lola Vernon, a high school senior in Milwaukee, has plans to attend Clark Atlanta University next fall. However, she got angry over Georgia's newly passed and controversial abortion law.

"My main concern is actually living in a state where human rights are being violated to this extent," said Vernon.

Georgia's new law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. A heartbeat can be detected as early as 6 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, a point when many women may not yet know they are pregnant. The law allows exceptions for cases of rape and incest before the 20-week mark and for when the mother's health is at risk.

When asked if the law changed her attitude about moving to Georgia, Vernon said no.

"Definitely makes me want to go there and fight the fight," said Vernon.

On Wednesday, Alabama passed a law banning abortions except when the mother faces a serious health risk for an ectopic pregnancy and if the unborn child has a lethal anomaly. Their law could punish doctors who perform abortions with life prison.

Pro-Life Wisconsin, a group that wants to ban abortions completely, said these stricter laws do not go far enough.

"We would say that the intention is very good in these legislators wanting to protect and defend the dignity of persons but they fall a little bit short especially with the language of the bills," said Anna DeMeuse, Communications Director for Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Both the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood plan to challenge the new laws in court.