Trumps threat to close border certainly isnt a bluff, Conway says

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March 31, 2019, 7:11 PM GMT

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Top White House officials warned Sunday that President Donald Trump’s threat to close the U.S. border with Mexico this week should be believed.

“It certainly isn’t a bluff,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox News Sunday.” “You can take the president seriously.”

Conway added that Congress “can fix this,” referring to what she said was the need for a U.S. immigration overhaul in the face of a surge of border crossings by undocumented immigrants.

Trump said Friday there was “a very good likelihood” he would close the southern border this week unless Mexico did “something.”

“I’ll just close the border,” Trump added. “When you close the border, also you will stop a lot of the drugs from coming in.”

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said “we were not lying to people when we said” there was an emergency at the southern border.

“Very few people believed us, especially folks in the media and the Democrat Party,” he said. “It is an emergency.”

Both Conway and Mulvaney also defended the Trump administration’s decision to cut off aid to three Central American countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — after Trump claimed those governments “set up” migrant caravans for entry to the U.S.

Conway said, “We need to send a message. When asked whether cutting off aid would make things worse in those countries and spur more migrants, she added: “This is the classic case of what may happen … versus what’s right in front of us.”

Mulvaney told CNN that “if we’re going to give these countries hundreds of millions of dollars, we would like them to do more.”

Kellyanne Conway bristles at really inappropriate question about husband on Fox News


President Donald Trump escalated his public feud with the husband of top aide Kellyanne Conway Wednesday, calling George Conway “a whack job.”

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway clearly is tired of having to answer questions about her husband George Conway’s criticisms of her boss, President Donald Trump. 

“What are you, Oprah now?” Conway said to “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace after he asked if her husband’s public comments had hurt her marriage. “I mean, what am I, on a couch and you are a psychiatrist? I think it’s a really inappropriate question.” 

“That’s the line over which nobody should have crossed,” Conway told Wallace. 

After discussing a range of issues including the allegation of an unwanted kiss against former Vice President Joe Biden, the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border and the Mueller report, Wallace made it clear he was uncomfortable turning to the subject of Conway’s marriage. 

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“Finally, I’m going to get into something I don’t like talking about, I know you don’t talk about but I have to tell you that when we announced that you are going to be on the show, more people asked me to ask you about this than any other question,” Wallace said. 

Wallace pointed to comments that George Conway made just this month in which he called the president a liar, a victim of “narcissistic personality disorder” and unfit for office. He followed that with a clip of Trump calling her husband a “whack job” who is “doing a tremendous disservice to a wife and family.” 

“Why is your husband attacking your boss?” Wallace asked. 

“Well, you could ask my husband. But it doesn’t affect my job,” she replied. 

Wallace asked Conway if she thought her husband was “cyberbullying” her to drive her to quit. “Do you think he’s jealous of your high-profile?” he asked. 

“Some people think that,” she said. “My first line of protection in this world is and will always be my four children. So, I don’t really like to discuss this publicly.”

Conway backs Trump in feud with husband: ‘You think he should just take that sitting down?’

Trump has suggested he rejected George Conway after the attorney tried to get a job in the administration. But George Conway has said it was he who withdrew his name from consideration, and Kellyanne Conway confirmed her husband’s version of events Sunday.

“George was very supportive of President Trump, cried on election night in his MAGA hat,” she said. She added that he “wanted to take a job in the Trump administration and changed his mind.” 

“And when he withdrew his name, he said he would still support the president and his agenda and, quote, his wonderful wife’s work,” she said. “So, if that’s changed, I haven’t changed.” 

It was after Wallace asked about their four children having to watch “their mom and dad fighting out in public” and the impact on their marriage, that Conway became more offended at Wallace’s “very personal question.” 

“I think people knew they crossed the line when they’re talking about people’s marriages,” she said. “My family has a right to their private life, also.” 

“If I offended you, I’m sorry,” Wallace said at the close of the interview. 

“I’m sure. Thank you,” she replied. 


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Atlanta Man Killed After Knocking on the Wrong Door – GAFollowers

Atlanta — A man fatally shot a teenager who accidentally knocked on the wrong apartment door in Atlanta, WSB-TV reported. It happened about 12:30 a.m. Friday at The Retreat apartment complex in southwest Atlanta, according to the station.

Omarian Banks, 19, was dropped off by a Lyft near the wrong breezeway in the complex, police said, according to WSB-TV. Banks and his girlfriend had just moved to the complex and Banks wasn’t familiar with the area, police said. Banks was using FaceTime to talk with his girlfriend when he knocked on the door he thought was his. Shortly after, he walked away.

The man inside, Darryl Bynes, 32, grabbed a gun and went onto his balcony to confront Banks, police said. They said after a short conversation, Bynes shot him. Police said Bynes told them he shot Banks in self-defense.

Banks girlfriend, Zsakeria Mathis, recounted what she heard over the FaceTime call.

“I just hear faint voices and a gunshot, and then I hear him yell,” Mathis told WSB-TV. “And I heard all the fear in his voice and he was just, ‘I’m sorry! I’m at the wrong door!’ The man was like, ‘No, you’re not at the wrong door!’ And he shot two more times and then it was silent.”

Michael Wallace, a family friend, described Banks as a hard-working man who never bothered anybody. “This is a 19-year-old child that didn’t even deserve to die, that hasn’t even lived his life,” Wallace told WSB-TV.

Bynes is charged with murder. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Makayla Johnson, who identified herself as Bynes’ cousin, told WSB-TV the charge was unfair.

“He is an innocent father,” Johnson said. “He has five kids. His truck was stolen earlier this week. Right now, he’s just trying to protect his family.”

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Pope defends decision to keep French cardinal after cover-up

Pope Francis has defended his decision to reject French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin’s resignation after he was convicted of covering up for a predator priest, saying the appeals process must run its course before a final decision is made.

Francis also explained why he rejected proposals by U.S. bishops to respond to the sex abuse scandal there, saying they neglected the spiritual dimension required for a true reform.

Francis referred to both cases during an in-flight news conference en route home Sunday from Morocco.

Francis’ papacy has been thrown into turmoil by the eruption of the scandal on multiple continents and his own handling of cases. Currently, two of his cardinals — Barbarin and Australian Cardinal George Pell — have criminal abuse-related convictions hanging over them, though both are appealing.

China will continue to suspend extra tariffs on U.S. vehicles, auto parts

FILE PHOTO: A man drives a red car past a parking lot where large numbers of newly manufactured cars are parked at Dayaowan port of Dalian, Liaoning province June 10, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s State Council said on Sunday that the country would continue to suspend additional tariffs on U.S. vehicles and auto parts after April 1, in a goodwill gesture following a U.S. decision to delay tariff hikes on Chinese imports.

In December, China said it would suspend additional 25 percent tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles and auto parts for three months, following a truce in a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

The State Council, or cabinet, said Sunday’s move was aimed at “continuing to create a good atmosphere for the ongoing trade negotiations between both sides”.

“It is a positive reaction to the U.S. decision to delay tariff hikes and a concrete action adopted (by the Chinese side) to promote bilateral trade negotiations,” the State Council said.

“We hope the U.S. can work together with China, accelerate negotiations and make concrete efforts towards the goal of terminating trade tensions.”

The government also said it would announce separately when the suspension would end.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that trade talks with China were going very well, but cautioned that he would not accept anything less than a “great deal” after top U.S. and Chinese trade officials wrapped up two days of negotiations in Beijing.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer were in the Chinese capital for the first face-to-face meetings between the two sides since Trump delayed a scheduled March 2 increase in tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

The talks are set to resume next week in Washington with a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He.

Reporting by Stella Qiu and Yawen Chen in BEIJING, Brenda Goh in SHANGHAI; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Dale Hudson

Republicans maintain that they are ‘working on a plan’ to replace Obamacare

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway at a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House on Wednesday. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway maintained Sunday that Republicans are “working on a plan” for replacing the Affordable Care Act, days after President Trump surprised members on both sides of the aisle when he declared that the Republican Party “will soon be known as the party of health care.”

In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Conway told host Chris Wallace, “The Republican plan is manifold.” But she did not provide specifics, instead going on to attack Democrats over the Medicare-for-all ideas that some in their party have embraced.

Asked by Wallace about criticism that there is no GOP plan, Conway pushed back.

“There is a plan,” she said. “We’ve been working on a plan for a long time. And we hope that Congress would come along.”

“Right, nine years, but you’ve never actually come up with a whole plan,” Wallace responded.

“Well, Donald Trump has been president for two years,” Conway said. “So, give us a chance. . . . We are working on a plan at the White House.”

Shortly before his inauguration in 2017, Trump told The Washington Post that his plan for replacing most of the national health-care law was nearly finished and that he was ready to unveil it alongside House and Senate Republican leaders.

“It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet, but we’re going to be doing it soon,” Trump said at the time. He added that he was waiting for his first nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, to be confirmed by the Senate.

Price was confirmed in February 2017 and resigned seven months later amid criticism of his use of taxpayer-funded charter flights.

Despite Conway’s assertions, congressional Republicans currently have no intention of crafting a new health-care plan, fearing the potential political damage that such a proposal could cause in 2020, numerous GOP lawmakers, legislative staffers and administration aides told The Post.

Senate Republicans, who were caught off guard by Trump’s rapid shift to focus on health care last week, have said the White House would need to make the first move by putting forward its own proposal. But administration officials said that nothing firm is in the works.

In a court filing this month, the Justice Department argued that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, should be thrown out in its entirety, including provisions protecting millions of Americans who have preexisting health conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health-care plans.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney argued Sunday that the Trump administration does, in fact, support protections for those with preexisting conditions.

“The debate about preexisting conditions is over,” Mulvaney said on ABC News’s “This Week.” “Both parties support them, and anyone telling you anything different is lying to you for political gain. Preexisting conditions are going to be covered. The debate becomes, how do you best do it?”

In an appearance on NBC News’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) also faced questions about whether Republicans are proactively working on their own replacement for Obamacare.

“Should the American people expect an actual health-care-plan alternative from the Republican Party this year?” host Chuck Todd asked.

Barrasso did not answer directly, saying only that Americans “should expect to not have to be burdened with the incredible costs that are affecting them now as a result of the health-care law.”

After Todd continued to press him, Barrasso replied, “I’ve been working on a plan since the day I got to the Senate.”

“Twelve years now,” Todd responded.

Toluse Olorunnipa, Seung Min Kim and Robert Costa contributed to this report.

Exit poll shows comedian leading Ukraine presidential election: The first step toward a great victory

A comedian with no political experience received the most votes in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election, an exit poll projected Sunday night, with incumbent President Petro Poroshenko projected to place a distant second.

“This is only the first step toward a great victory,” Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, told reporters in Kiev after the polls closed.

Zelenskiy, the star of a TV sitcom about a teacher who became president after a video of him denouncing corruption went viral, led the field of 39 candidates with 30.4 percent of the vote, according to an exit poll by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology and the Razumkov public opinion organization. Poroshenko tallied with 17.8 percent support while former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko placed third 14.2 percent, it said.

Officials results will be expected Monday morning, but if the exit poll result holds, Zelenskiy and Poroshenko will square off in a runoff election April 21.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaking at his headquarters Sunday night. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaking at his headquarters Sunday night. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

In a case of life imitating art, Zelenskiy made corruption a focus of his candidacy. He proposed a lifetime ban on holding public office for anyone convicted of graft. He also called for direct negotiations with Russia on ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

“A new life, a normal life is starting,” Zelenskiy said after he cast his ballot in Kiev. “A life without corruption, without bribes.”

The vote was shadowed by allegations of widespread vote buying. Police said they had received more than 1,600 complaints of violations on voting day alone in addition to hundreds of earlier voting fraud claims, including bribery attempts and removing ballots from polling places. Ukraine’s interior minister said his department was “showered” with hundreds of claims that supporters of Poroshenko and Tymoshenko had offered money in exchange for votes.

Zelenskiy’s lack of experience helped his popularity with voters amid broad disillusionment with the country’s political elite.

“Zelenskiy has shown us on the screen what a real president should be like,” said voter Tatiana Zinchenko, 30. “He showed what the state leader should aspire for — fight corruption by deeds, not words, help the poor, control the oligarchs.”

“(We have) no trust in old politicians. They were at the helm and the situation in the country has only gotten worse — corruption runs amok and the war is continuing,” said businessman Valery Ostrozhsky, 66, another Zelenskiy voter.

The 53-year-old Poroshenko, a onetime confectionary tycoon, pushed successfully for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be recognized as self-standing rather than a branch of the Russian church.

However, he saw approval of his governing sink amid Ukraine’s economic woes and a sharp plunge in living standards. Poroshenko campaigned on promises to defeat the rebels in the east and to wrest back control of Crimea, which Russia took over in 2014 in a move that has drawn sanctions against Russia from the U.S. and the European Union.

A military embezzlement scheme that allegedly involved top Poroshenko associates, as well as a factory controlled by the president, dogged Poroshenko ahead of the election. Ultra-right activists shadowed him throughout the campaign, demanding the jailing of the president’s associates accused in the scheme.


On Sunday night, Poroshenko called his second-place finish sobering, telling a news conference: “I don’t feel any kind of euphoria. I critically and soberly understand the signal that society gave today to the acting authorities.”

Zelenskiy and Tymoshenko both used the alleged embezzlement to take hits at Poroshenko, who shot back at his rivals. He described them as puppets of a self-exiled billionaire businessman Igor Kolomoyskyi, charges that Zelenskiy and Tymoshenko denied.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfaxs office says 2 polygraph exams support his denials of sex assault allegations by two women

Hounded by claims he sexually assaulted two women, embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax struck back on Sunday by saying the results of two polygraph tests he took bolster his previous statements denying the allegations.

Fairfax said the lie-detector tests were administered by Jeremiah Hanafin, the former FBI agent who conducted a polygraph on Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault and testified at his Senate confirmation hearing.

“All serious allegations deserve to be taken seriously, but not all allegations are true. The public has a right to know if serious allegations made against the Lt. Governor are true, but the public also has a right to know if they are false,” Fairfax’s attorney Barry J. Pollack said in a statement Sunday.

Fairfax has not released the full test results. Polygraph tests are generally not admissible in court.

A married father of two young children, Fairfax has been accused by two women, California political science professor Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, Fairfax’s former college classmate, of sexual assault.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax gestures during remarks before a meeting in Richmond, Va., Sept. 25, 2018.(Steve Helber/AP, FILE) Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax gestures during remarks before a meeting in Richmond, Va., Sept. 25, 2018.

Fairfax released a statement about the results of his polygraph exams in an apparent attempt to preempt Tyson’s first TV interview, conducted by “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, and scheduled to be broadcast on Monday and Tuesday. King’s interview with Meredith Watson is scheduled to air on Tuesday.

“In my ideal world, I’d want him to resign,” Tyson, 42, an associate professor of political science at Scripps College in Claremont, California, said of Fairfax in an excerpt of the interview released by CBS News.

The public has a right to know if serious allegations made against the Lt. Governor are true, but the public also has a right to know if they are false.

Tyson claims Fairfax assaulted her in 2004 when they were both working at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Watson has accused Fairfax of raping her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University.

Both Tyson and Watson did not immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News on Sunday.

Tyson, according to the CBS interview, wants to testify before the Virginia Assembly about her allegations against Fairfax.

“I would want Meredith, myself, and Mr. Fairfax to be able to speak. To be heard,” Tyson says in the interview. “And particularly for survivors, I think this is incredibly important…we need to be treated as the human beings that we are.”

The allegations were first made when Fairfax, who was elected lieutenant governor in 2017, seemed destined to succeed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. A fellow Democrat, Northam came under scrutiny in February when photos on his 1984 yearbook page from Eastern Virginia Medical School emerged showing two men, one in a full Ku Klux Klan robe and hood and another in blackface.

About 24 hours after apologizing for the photo, Northam denied he was one of the men in the picture, but said during a news conference that he had once worn blackface when he imitated Michael Jackson during a dance competition, in which he did Jackson’s famous moonwalk.

Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Virginia State Capitol, Feb. 7, 2019, in Richmond, Va.(Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Virginia State Capitol, Feb. 7, 2019, in Richmond, Va.

Northam has rejected calls for his resignation, as has Fairfax. Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring, who is third in line for the governorship, was also forced to apologize for attending a 1980 party dressed as rapper Kurtis Blow and wearing brown makeup on his face.

‘In my ideal world, I’d want him to resign.’

“Knowing that he was telling the truth, Lt. Governor Fairfax voluntarily submitted to a polygraph examination by a leading polygraph expert, Jeremiah Hanafin,” read a statement released Sunday by Fairfax’s office.

During the exams, Fairfax was asked separately about the allegations leveled against him by Tyson and Watson, according to the statement from his office.

“Did you engage in any non-consensual sexual activity with Vanessa Tyson?” Fairfax was asked during the first polygraph. He answer “no,” according to the statement from his office.

In the second polygraph, he was asked, “Did you engage in any non-consensual sexual activity with Meredith Watson?” Again, Fairfax answered “no.”

Both polygraph examinations, according to the statement, showed that Fairfax was “truthful” in his answers.

“Lt. Governor Fairfax hired Mr. Pollack to help ensure that the facts surrounding the allegations that have been made by Dr. Tyson and Ms. Watson are determined in a fair, impartial, and unbiased manner,” according to the statement from Fairfax’s office.

Fairfax has repeatedly said the sexual assault allegations made against him are false, and part of an attempt to smear his name. Fairfax, a descendent of a slave, has compared himself to victims of “terror lynchings.”

Pollack repeated Farifax’s calls for a federal investigation into the the allegations against the politician.

“A meaningful, professional factual investigation would exonerate the Lt. Governor and clear his well-earned good name and reputation,” Pollack said in his statement.

Daddy won, Alec Baldwins Trump boasts in first SNL since end of Mueller probe

“Saturday Night Live” built the cold open of its newest episode around the report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently submitted following his two-year-long Russia investigation. Alec Baldwin returned to play President Trump alongside Robert De Niro as Mueller.

The sketch showed Mueller reading the almost 400-page report, Attorney General William Barr, played by Aidy Bryant, summarizing it and Trump live-tweeting his reactions.

“I am reading zero pages,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “But Sean Hannity has read it and he’s so excited, he texted me an eggplant.”


“On the charge of obstruction of justice, we have not drawn a definitive conclusion,” De Niro’s Mueller said, to which Bryant’s Barr replied, “But I have, and my conclusion is Trump clean as a whistle.”

“Free at last, free at last!” Baldwin as Trump said.

As for allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, De Nrio as Mueller said there were “several questionable instances involving the president’s team” and noted that 34 people were indicted during his investigation.

“The pardons are already in the mail,” Baldwin’s Trump replied. “Russia, if you’re watching, go to bed. Daddy won.”


Later, Trump said, “If you shoot at the devil, you best not miss.”

“Did somebody say ‘devil’?,” Rudy Giuliani, played by Kate McKinnon, responded, suddenly emerging.

“I guess I was a legal genius the whole time,” Giuliani continued. “And all of my mind games worked. If you want to know what my mind games were, you have to ask the family of goblins who live in my head and holds open my eyes.”

“P.S., can’t wait to see what the Southern District of New York has in store for Trump,” Mueller said.

Georgias Uneasy Truce On Abortion Ends

The strict abortion bill still needs one more person’s stamp of approval before it becomes law – the state’s governor, Brian Kemp.

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The strict abortion bill still needs one more person’s stamp of approval before it becomes law – the state’s governor, Brian Kemp.

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Calla Hales spent the day on Friday fielding calls from anxious patients.

“We got over 40 phone calls from patients that were concerned about their upcoming appointments,” said Hales, the director of A Preferred Women’s Health Center, which operates four health clinics that perform abortions in Georgia and North Carolina.

Hales’ clients were worried they might no longer be able to receive abortion services, after Georgia lawmakers approved a bill that would ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected in an embryo, which is typically about six weeks into a pregnancy. Currently, women in Georgia can seek an abortion during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The measure passed in the Georgia House with 92 votes on Friday.

But the bill still needs one more person’s stamp of approval before it becomes law — the state’s governor, Brian Kemp.

The governor, who took office in January, promised to support anti-abortion legislation during his campaign. Kemp responded to the bill’s passage in a post to Twitter, saying the action “reaffirms our priorities and who we are as a state.”

If Kemp signs the bill, called the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act,” it will go into effect on the first of the year in 2020.

“It really does confuse a lot of patients and that’s going to be a big a hurdle in the next weeks,” Hales said.

Sean Young, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, said it isn’t just a state issue; the bill could impact women from out-of-state, as well.

“Georgia has clinics that provide health care to women across the Southeast,” Young told NPR. “This law will jeopardize the health of women in Georgia and the entire Southeast region.”

The bill makes exceptions for abortions in cases that involve rape or incest, on the condition that a woman files a police report first. It also excludes situations in which a physician has determined that a pregnancy is “medically futile” or that a “medical emergency exists” that could “prevent the death … or the substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”

Georgia is poised to join a growing list of states that have moved to pass strict abortion laws. Earlier this month, Republican governors in Mississippi and Kentucky signed similar laws that, like the proposal in Georgia, have been called “heartbeat” bills. Lawmakers in Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Ohio are pushing for similar bans, The Associated Press reported.

There has been significant pushback against the strict abortion laws. Kentucky’s ban was temporarily blocked by a federal judge, and in January, a state judge found a similar law in Iowa unconstitutional.

If Georgia’s bill is signed into law, the ACLU of Georgia said in a statement Friday that the organization will pursue legal action. Young, the organization’s legal director, told NPR that under 50 years of Supreme Court precedent, the bill is unconstitutional. “We will see the governor in court,” Young said.

Other groups have also opposed the bill, including the Medical Association of Georgia and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, which the AP reported sent letters to lawmakers arguing against the legislation.

Hollywood has also had its say; two letters — one from the Writers Guild of America and another spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano and signed by 49 other actors — were issued in opposition to the bill.

Both letters warned lawmakers that if the bill is enacted, it could deter them from doing business in the state. The labor union said the law would make Georgia an “inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work.”

Georgians who are against the bill have also made their voices heard. When the bill passed on Friday, a crowd gathered in the halls of the Capitol, chanting “shame,” the AP reported. Women dressed as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian story about women who are considered property of the state and forced to conceive children, have been protesting at the Georgia Capitol since the House first passed the measure earlier this month.

Abortion has long been a contentious topic in Georgia, but state Democratic State Sen. Jennifer Jordan said in her dissent to the bill that Georgia had reached an “uneasy truce” in recent years that “should have held.”

“Our state currently has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in this country, yet abortion is safe and legal,” Jordan said. “We didn’t seek this fight.”

But Georgia’s “uneasy truce” hasn’t been tenable for everyone.

“We would disagree that there should be a truce on protecting an innocent life in Georgia,” Joshua Edmonds, the executive director of the Georgia Life Alliance, a group that opposes abortion. “There’s no truce on protecting a human life, regardless the manner of conception, medical condition, gender or race.”

Shortly before the bill came to a vote, Republican State Rep. Ed Setzler, who sponsored the bill, called it an effort to outlaw abortion “in the highest courts of the land,” according to The Boston Globe.

Setzler, who defended the bill on the House floor on Friday, said it isn’t part of a political agenda. “I think Georgians recognize the rightness of this,” Setzler said. “There’s certainly dissent. But this is not a political issue. We’re not doing this political reasons. We’re doing this because it’s right.”

If the bill is signed into law and then opposed in court, WABE’s Emma Hurt reports lawmakers agree a case could end up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.