Pro-Life Brian Kemp has defeated radical abortion activist Stacey Abrams in the Georgia governor race. Kemp signed the state’s heartbeat law that is banning abortions and saving thousands of babies.
With 72% of the vote tallied in the state, Kemp leads Abrams 53-46% and media outlets called the race for the governor in a rematch of the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Abrams opted to focus on abortion and cultural issues in the final weeks of her campaign, telling Georgia voters that Kemp’s victory would threaten women and making false claims that the state’s abortion ban would deny women medical care.
Then she doubled down on another claim that fact checkers have refuted, asserting falsely in a new ad that her opponent, pro-life Gov. Brian Kemp, supports criminally investigating mothers who have miscarriages.
“Countless families have suffered from miscarriages — or as my mother has said, the loss of a promise,” Abrams wrote Monday on Twitter. “To have that loss compounded by Kemp’s cruel abortion ban and the threat of criminal investigation is unconscionable. As governor, I will work to reverse this law.”
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The ad features several couples talking about miscarrying their unborn babies while attacking the state heartbeat law, which protects unborn babies by banning abortions once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Kemp signed the law in 2019.
“Under Brian Kemp’s abortion bill, law enforcement could show up at my house because I had a miscarriage,” one mother says.
“I could be criminally prosecuted because we didn’t sustain a pregnancy,” another adds.
This is false.
The 2019 legislation clearly states that miscarriage treatment is not an abortion and therefore is allowed in Georgia. The law allows treatment for miscarriages, or “spontaneous abortion,” meaning removing “a dead unborn child caused by spontaneous abortion,” according to PolitiFact. It also allows abortions in cases of rape and incest and when the mother’s life is at risk.
What’s more, the law prohibits women from being punished for abortions; only abortionists who kill unborn babies in violation of the law could be criminally investigated and charged.
The pro-life movement also has made it very clear that it opposes punishing women. In response to another ad making similar accusations, Abrams’ campaign could not “cite any instances of Kemp saying he wanted women to be investigated for miscarriages,” the fact check noted.
Every state with an abortion ban allows treatment for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. Numerous experts and doctors have confirmed this – including a Planned Parenthood abortionist in his testimony to Congress in September.
Currently, 13 states protect unborn babies by limiting or banning abortions, and more are fighting in court to do so. As a result, approximately 125,000 unborn babies are being saved, according to SBA Pro-Life America.
Daniel Gump, a technical writer, software developer and pro-life advocate, recently conducted an in-depth analysis of state abortion laws to check abortion activists’ claims about ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage treatments.
His research, which lawyers have verified, found wide-spread explicit exceptions in abortion bans that allow for these medical treatments.
When it comes to miscarriages, Gump said laws that ban or restrict abortion only “apply when the unborn child is alive during the act (induced abortion), but often those outside the medical industry
erroneously conflate similar procedures performed after the unborn child has already died of a miscarriage (spontaneous abortion) …”
Much like with miscarriages, “ectopic pregnancies are not treated with induced abortions, but often those outside the medical industry erroneously conflate the two,” according to his research.
A new fact check from the Charlotte Lozier Institute came to the same conclusions, with researchers pointing out that pro-life laws protect both mom and baby and “pregnant women’s lives are protected in all states.”
Pro-life doctors also confirm that the laws are clear, and they have and will continue to treat women suffering from miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies.
Dr. Christina Francis, of the American Association of Pro-Life OB-GYNs, said treating ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages or other life-threatening conditions in pregnancy are not the same as elective abortions, which is what pro-life laws prohibit. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that chemical abortions, or abortion drugs, cannot treat an ectopic pregnancy, Francis continued.
“I’ve never needed to perform an elective abortion, and yet I’ve been able to take care of women with ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages throughout my career,” she said.
Dr. John Bruchalski, a pro-life OB-GYN in Virginia and former abortionist, made a similar comment recently on Twitter.
“The Dobbs decision does not affect treatment for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies,” he wrote. “It effects elective abortions. They are two different things. We are in a war of words and definitions … and hearts.”