In response to an emergency filing by the state last week after the ban was lifted, the high court issued a one-page order Wednesday that puts the lower court’s ruling on pause while it considers an appeal.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney in his Nov. 15 decision determined that the so-called “heartbeat law” was unconstitutional when enacted in 2019 because the prevailing law of Roe v. Wade prohibited abortion bans pre-viability. After his ruling, abortion access in Georgia reverted to the pre-ban level of up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.
The latest ruling from the state Supreme Court means abortion access is once again restricted after six weeks, effective immediately.
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This article was written by Kim Bellware and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com