On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill into law that would criminalize abortion after a heartbeat is medically detected,or at around six weeks of pregnancy.

Joining Boston Public Radio to discuss this issue and other topics in medical ethics was Arthur Caplan. Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Chair, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, and is the co-host of the "Everyday Ethics" podcast.

Caplan said he believes the ultimate goal of the law is to force the issue of abortion legalization before the Supreme Court.

"That's what the agenda is: to make abortion illegal," Caplan said.

Caplan disagreed with any tenets of the new law, including the short window of time it leaves for women to obtain an abortion legally.

"Having a six week cut-off is ... bizarre, because most women don't even know they're pregnant at that time," Caplan said.