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 hold while it considers an appeal.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled on November 15 that the so-called “heartbeat law” was unconstitutional when it was enacted in 2019 because of prevailing law Rua v. Wade pre-viability abortion ban. After its ruling, access to abortion in Georgia returned to the pre-ban level of up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.
The latest ruling from the state Supreme Court means that access to abortion is restricted again after six weeks, with immediate effect.
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