Abortion Advocates File Lawsuit Challenging Georgia Heartbeat Law
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Endangered Whale Spotted With Deep Wounds A representative from Georgia Attorney General Chris Carrs office said they cannot comment on pending litigation. But in previous statements, Gov. Brian Kemp has said he is undeterred by likely legal challenges to the ban, which he signed into law in May. I realize that some may challenge it in the court of law, Kemp said at the time. We will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life. Georgias so-called heartbeat law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, is one of several recent legislative efforts to restrict abortion access. (None of these policies have yet gone into effect, and abortion remains legal at the federal
level under the landmark abortion rights ruling Roe v. Wade.) Louisiana, Ohio and Mississippi have also advanced heartbeat bans in recent months, and Missouri passed a ban on abortions starting at the eighth week of pregnancy. In May, Alabama passed a near-total ban on abortions, setting it up to have the nations strictest limit
on the procedures.
Planned Parenthood and other reproductive rights groups have been vocal about their intentions to challenge these bans in court, and the Georgia lawsuit delivers on that promise. Planned Parenthood is also currently engaged in a contentious legal battle in Missouri, where the fate of
its St. Louis health centerthe states last abortion providerhas been ensnared in a messy license renewal dispute. A hearing commission there is expected to decide Friday whether the clinic can
continue providing abortions while the appeal process unfolds. Write to Jamie Ducharme at email@example.com.