Judge Overturns Georgia’s Six-week Abortion Ban
The ruling states two parts of the ban were 'plainly unconstitutional'
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 women's liberty and privacy rights under Georgia's constitution. The plaintiffs also argued that the law violatedthe 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 case's lead plaintiff.
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