Georgia Gov Protects Doctors, Hospitals From Coronavirus Lawsuits. Excludes Abortion Businesses

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 14, 2020   |   7:00PM   |   Atlanta, GA

Georgia pro-life Gov. Brian Kemp took a stand Tuesday against abortion facilities that continue to abort unborn babies in elective abortions during the coronavirus crisis.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Kemp extended an executive order this week to protect medical workers and hospitals from certain legal liabilities during the pandemic.

But abortion workers are not included. The Republican governor specifically excluded abortion workers from qualifying for the special exceptions, according to the report. The order states, “[I]n no case shall workers providing or performing services in or in conjunction with” abortion facilities be given the protections under the order.

“It should come as no surprise that elective abortions are not emergency management activities,” his spokeswoman Candice Broce said. “Abortion providers are undeserving of enhanced liability protections because they are doing nothing to fight COVID-19 in Georgia.”

Cole Muzio of the Family Policy Alliance of Georgia praised Kemp for working to protect life once again.

“We will protect the innocent and defend those who use medicine to save and to heal,” Muzio told the newspaper. He said abortion workers “who willfully ignore science and decency in order to promote a barbaric ideology” should not receive the added legal protections.

Here’s more from the report:

The order signed Tuesday renews authority first granted in April that designates hospitals and front-line medical staffers as “auxiliary emergency management workers” and provides them additional legal protection from personal injury lawsuits during the pandemic. …

Kemp’s initial order, signed April 14, didn’t include abortion providers in a broader grouping of hospitals, surgical and diagnostic centers, mobile clinics, rehab facilities, nursing homes and assisted living communities that were granted legal protections.

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Kemp also took a strong stand for life in 2019 when he signed a heartbeat bill into law amid intense national pressure from abortion activists and Hollywood celebrities. The law bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. However, it is not in effect because of a lawsuit filed by the abortion industry.

“… science tells us that children in the womb are living, distinct human beings that are worthy of full legal protection,” Kemp said when he signed the law. “Common sense tells us if you look at a child in the womb with a beating heart and a distinct blood type, and you ask a preschooler, a small child, ‘What are you looking at?’ … They would look and say that’s a baby.”