CANTON, GEORGIA — On Saturday, Allen Edwardson learned that his cousin Jennifer was pregnant.
“It was a real shock. She was just having stomach problems, and the doctor told us that she was eight weeks pregnant,” Edwardson told The Millennial Snowflake.
The unwelcome news for the couple came in the immediate aftermath of Georgia’s so-called “Heartbeat Bill,” which Governor Kemp signed into law on Tuesday. H.B. 481 is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, as it prohibits terminating pregnancies before most women know that they are pregnant.
Initially, both Allen and Jennifer supported the measure.
“We have always been staunchly pro-life,” Jennifer said in an interview. “We believe strongly that life begins at conception, and so we were thrilled that this law does so much to protect the unborn.”
However, she says that they are now reconsidering their position on the issue.
“I’m unemployed and my husband barely makes enough money as it is,” she told us. “I don’t know how we’re gonna make it work. We might even have to rely on government assistance, which is something we never thought possible,” she explained, as she sighed deeply.
“I am very angry that we have to live this way, and I feel really foolish. We didn’t think this one through,” Allen added.