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Here’s Why Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill Affects All Americans

We will never eradicate abortion—all the bans and heartbeat bills in states like Alabama and Georgia do is prevent women from getting safe, legal abortions. And though many think that these bills only affect women, they actually affect all taxpayers in a negative way.

At least 15 states have introduced or passed heartbeat bills that would ban abortion after six weeks, as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant. The state-sanctioned measures are made to create a domino effect to eventually ban a women’s right to choose to abort a pregnancy at a federal level. These “trigger laws” are unenforceable, but could prompt the Supreme Court to roll back women’s rights if they get escalated.

Several regions of Latin America, like El Salvador, have total abortion bans enforced, and women are behind bars for things like miscarriages because of it.

What’s more, when Texas reduced access to abortions, hundreds of thousands of women in the state tried to end a pregnancy by themselves—proving that the ban doesn’t not ensure an end to abortions, only safe ones. Access to contraception and sex education is the only proven way to reduce abortions, because they comprehensively reduce the amount of unplanned pregnancies in the first place.

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