Georgia Court rolls back 6 week abortion ban
ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – A Fulton County Judge has ruled against the six week abortion ban in Georgia.
It is based on a technicality of law.
The Judge found that lawmakers passed the bill before Roe V Wade was overturned, and at that time, it violated the U.S. Constitution.
The fetal heartbeat law was passed three years ago, but only was enforced after another Appeals Court ruling this year following the U.S. Supreme Court reversal.
The ruling rolls back the date for abortion dates in Georgia, at least for now. Governor Kemp quickly announced the state would appeal today’s ruling.
Pro-choice supporters called the Fulton County ruling a great victory.
“Today’s ruling recognizes that the legislature’s decision to take away abortion access across out state was in clear violation of the law,” said Andrea Young of the Georgia ACLU. Today is a great day for Georgia women and for all Georgians.”
“This minor setback is only temporary, and we have only seen the monumental impact the Heartbeat Bill has already had in Georgia- with abortions plummeting 57%” – Georgia Life Alliance
The so-called 6 week ban actually prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is generally around six weeks and before many women even know they are pregnant.
Abortions could resume in the state on Wednesday.