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A Fulton County judge has overturned Georgia’s six-week abortion ban, ruling that two key parts of the law “were plainly unconstitutional when drafted, voted upon, and enacted” and writing that the law cannot be enforced.
The 15-page ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney stemmed from a lawsuit that argued the state’s “heartbeat bill” violated pregnant people’s liberty and privacy rights under Georgia’s constitution. The plaintiffs also argued that the law violated the U.S. Constitution at the time it was enacted — in 2019, when Roe v. Wade was still the law of the land.
“It’s just really important for Georgians to see these types of wins when the opposition is working so hard to push us back,” said Monica Simpson, executive director of advocacy group SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, the lead plaintiff in the case.
After Tuesday’s decision, abortion access in Georgia reverted to the…
This article was written by Kim Bellware and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com