Linda Sarsour Blames ‘White Women’ For Georgia Heartbeat Bill

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour blamed “white women” Tuesday for a Georgia “fetal heartbeat bill.”

The law will make abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected illegal in the state, with certain exceptions.

Sarsour blamed white women for voting for Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp instead of his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams.

“While folks are debating tactics to respond to Georgia’s heartbeat bill, let’s remember that 76% of the white Women electorate in GA (more than white men) voted for Brian Kemp over Stacey Abrams,” she tweeted. “That’s where the work needs to happen. WW continue to uphold the patriarchy.”

The bill makes exceptions in cases of “rape, incest, and situations when the mother’s health is at risk,” reported CBS News, but only when the woman files a police report first.

Honoree Linda Sarsour speaks onstage during the 30th Anniversary Celebrating Women Breakfast at Marriott Marquis Hotel on May 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The New York Women’s Foundation )

Kemp signed the heartbeat bill on May 7. “Georgia is a state that values life. We stand up for those who are unable to speak for themselves. But our job is to do what is right, not what is easy,” Kemp said. “We will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life.”

Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a similar bill in late March, which will make it so women will no longer be able to have an abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy when the law takes effect on July 1. Pro-choice group Center for Reproductive Rights called it “blatantly unconstitutional” and threatened to sue the state. (RELATED: Mississippi Gov Bryant Signs ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Banning Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat)

Several other state legislatures, like those in Kentucky and Tennessee, have considered similar bills.

If an abortion is performed after a heartbeat is detected, under the law, the physician responsible could have his or her medical license revoked.

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