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Federal judge temporarily blocks bill — Georgia abortion ban

Federal judge temporarily blocks bill — Georgia abortion ban”

As of today, every so-called "heartbeat" bill has now been stopped from being implemented.

This summer, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and others filed a constitutional challenge to the abortion law, and on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that U.S. District Judge Steve Jones had officially issued a temporary block, declaring that the state's current laws governing abortion would remain in effect for the time being. Governor Brian Kemp signed the laws in Could, and it was to enter impact on January 1.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a law firm representing the ACLU of Virginia and the Falls Church Healthcare Center filed suit a year ago against the laws.

Abortion opponents are stepping up their efforts to get a case on the procedure before the Supreme Court, in hopes that new conservative justices appointed by President Donald Trump will hand down a ruling tightening the procedure's availability.

In his determination, Jones wrote that "by prohibiting a woman from terminating her pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat is detected, bans abortions prior to the point of viability".

Although Hudson declared the laws unconstitutional, he upheld several other state statutes on abortion that were under challenge - including a requirement that only physicians are allowed to perform the procedure and another regarding licensing requirements for abortion clinics.

ACLU of Georgia legal director Sean Young called the decision "a tremendous victory for the women of Georgia and for the Constitution".

Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of the Whole Women's Health Alliance in Charlottesville, says the decision and her reaction to it is mixed.

Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for Governor Kemp, said the authorities "remain [ed] confident", adding: "We will continue to fight for the unborn and work to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, and prosper".

Disney and Netflix threatened to boycott the state, even though both film companies have continued and even stepped up filming in other countries in which abortion is illegal or highly restricted.

A federal judge on Monday struck down two Virginia laws that restrict access to abortion, ruling that they unconstitutionally burden women seeking abortions.



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