Federal judge blocks Georgia’s abortion ban, stopping heartbeat bill from becoming law

Planned Parenthood’s verdict: A “victory” for people.

From Yahoo: A federal judge has temporarily blocked a law in Georgia that would have banned abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected in the womb.

District Court Judge Steve C. Jones issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday that will stop the law, known as the ‘heartbeat bill,’ from taking effect while the case is argued in court. The bill was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in May and was set to become law on Jan. 1.

A fetal heartbeat is typically detected at six weeks, which is before many women know they are pregnant.

The heartbeat bill’s exceptions include cases that involve rape or incest when the woman files a police report. It allows for abortions when a fetus is determined not to be viable or the mother’s health is in jeopardy.

The current Georgia law allows abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood Southeast was joined by Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Feminist Women’s Health Center and a number of patients and doctors in filing the legal challenge.

Staci Fox, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said the decision was a “victory for the people of Georgia and the entire nation.”

“To the countless Georgians who spoke out against this ban and were ignored, we promised to keep fighting every step of the way and we have,” Fox said in a statement. “To our partners, we promised we were in this together and we are. To Governor Kemp, we promised to see you in court, and we did. But most importantly, to our patients, we promised to protect access to safe, legal abortion and together we have.”

Kemp’s office said Tuesday that it was still reviewing the court ruling.

“Despite today’s outcome, we remain confident in our position,” said Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for Kemp. “We will continue to fight for the unborn and work to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, and prosper.”

Georgia was one of seven states, along with Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio to pass similar abortion bans this year. The laws have been challenged or already blocked in each state.

“The court recognized today that this law is blatantly unconstitutional and a clear attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade,” said Emily Nestler, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Instead of passing laws that restrict the rights of pregnant women, Georgia lawmakers should be implementing policies that help pregnant women.”

Nestler added that Georgia has the worst maternal mortality rate in the country.

Republican lawmakers say they are passing abortion bans with hopes that at least one challenge will escalate to the Supreme Court and overturn Roe v. Wade.

Kemp said earlier this year that the abortion ban was meant to “protect the innocent” and “champion the vulnerable.”

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Dr. Eowyn
Admin
10 months ago

And of course District Court Judge Steve C. Jones, 62, is a Demonrat and an Obama nominee.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_C._Jones

William
William
10 months ago

“Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective”. They manage to combine militant black racism, new-agey feminism/infanticide, and Marxism into one toxic package. Good grief..

Dan
Dan
10 months ago

The people of Georgia and the rule of law in their state were run over a century ago in the Leo Frank trial. Because Frank was the president of Atlanta’s B’nai B’rith and despite the compelling evidence of his guilt as the drug-addled murderer of a teenage girl working in his factory, every important Jewish owned newspaper in the country and Jewish deep pockets turned it into something akin to pre-holohoax propaganda defiling blacks as vicious, subhuman animals (to set up a black patsy to take the rap), as well as the people of Georgia themselves as atavistic racists. It… Read more »

Michael Garrison
Michael Garrison
10 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Having been poisoned by my own government at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, there was an attempt at a class action suit.
But it got thrown out by a Federal Judge in Georgia.
Thomas W. Trash is his name. And boy, will he ever get Thrashed on Judgment Day!!!
Is Georgia a center where Federal Judges are paid to throw important cases out the window??….while padding their bank account at the same time??

Carl R Hassell
Carl R Hassell
10 months ago

I find it terrible & frightening how so many women, & some men fight so vociferously to have the right to murder the unborn. It is truly a satanic mindset.

Emily Summer
Emily Summer
10 months ago
Reply to  Carl R Hassell

It is Satanic child sacrifice. Most are too dumb to realize that is what it is.

Richard Raymond
Richard Raymond
10 months ago
PvtCharlieSlate
PvtCharlieSlate
9 months ago

Thank you for the link. The history of the original 13th Amendment was fascinating.

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
10 months ago

So killing children before they even emerge from the womb is some where among the “Bill of Rights”? They’ll have to point it out for me…..Constitutional??….(((Bull)))

TrailDust
Admin
10 months ago

This is why the most effective long term change President Trump can make is in appointing conservative constitutionalist judges.

Alma
10 months ago

That tells me the judge is a participant of murder of a child in the first degree.