Kemp, Williams say they’ll sign even tougher bans on abortions

[private]Hours after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, Secretary of State Brian Kemp pledged he would sign an even stricter abortion ban if he’s elected governor of Georgia.

“I back Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks and vow to sign the toughest abortion laws in the country as your next governor,” Kemp tweeted late Monday night.

Bryant signed a law earlier Monday that bans most abortions after 15 weeks’ gestations, which gives Mississippi the most stringent restrictions in the nation.

The new Mississippi law’s only exceptions are if a fetus has health problems that would make it “incompatible with life” outside of the womb at full term, or if a pregnant woman’s life or a “major bodily function” is threatened by pregnancy. Pregnancies resulting from rape and incest are not exempted.

Before enacting the new abortion law, Mississippi had been tied with North Carolina for the nation’s strictest abortion limits at 20 weeks.

The tougher restrictions are expected to be challenged in court. Kemp taunted possible litigants of a Georgia abortion law.

“If abortion rights activists want to sue me . . . bring it!” he tweeted. “I’ll fight for life at the Capitol and in the courtroom.”

Shortly after Kemp’s statement was issued, another candidate for governor, state Sen. Michael Williams (R-Cumming), said he would one-up Kemp and sign legislation to ban abortions after six to eight weeks.

“Brian Kemp’s latest statement is another attempt to latch on to my conservative agenda after witnessing the positive response I received,” Williams said.

“Georgia can ban abortion after a heartbeat is detected at six to eight weeks if we have a fearless conservative leading our state,” Williams added.

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