Former Sen. David Perdue on Thursday called on Gov. Brian Kemp to join Perdue in promising to hold a special session to ban all abortions in Georgia if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Perdue, who hopes to unseat Kemp in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary race, said he would go further than the state’s current ‘heartbeat’ bill, which Kemp signed into law. in 2019 but is currently being held up in court, instead pushing for a comprehensive abortion ban.
I call on Brian Kemp to join me in calling for an immediate special session of the legislature to ban abortion in Georgia following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Either you’re going to fight for the sanctity of life or you don’t. (2/2)
— David Perdue (@DavidPerdueGA) May 5, 2022
Perdue’s call comes next Policy released a leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision on Monday that would overturn the decades-old ruling deer decision, which had ruled that access to abortion was constitutional at the federal level.
“Bonnie and I believe that every child is a gift from God. Any Supreme Court decision that saves innocent lives would be a historic step,” Perdue said in an initial statement Tuesday. “If I was governor when this ruling was made, I would immediately call the legislature back in special session to ban abortion in Georgia.”
Perdue’s proposed abortion ban, which at this stage does not specify exceptions for rape or incest, is stricter than the current six-week ban signed by Kemp, which specifies exceptions for cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother being in danger.
Kemp’s bill, called the LIFE Act, is stalled in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and awaits the Supreme Court’s next final decision to move forward, as detailed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Kemp, who is also a staunch pro-lifer, signed the bill after it barely made it past the Georgia House, by a vote, in 2019. That narrow margin suggests Perdue’s proposal would face a similar pushback and probably insurmountable if introduced in a special legislative session.
When the Supreme Court’s draft majority opinion leaked – something that has never happened in modern history while a case was still pending – Kemp released a statement reiterating his pro-life views and a accepted Chief Justice John Roberts’ direction for an investigation into the leak.
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 3, 2022
Kemp’s campaign added in a statement provided to Breitbart News on Thursday following Perdue’s special session call that “the governor remains focused on defending the nation’s strongest pro-life bill, the Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill, which passed by one vote in the Legislature and was signed into law during his first year in office.
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