Earlier this year, Georgia’s anti-abortion law caused an immediate uproar with several big-name Hollywood productions, actors and directors vowing to pull all of their projects from the state if the controversial law was passed. Well, everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief because the law was just blocked.
At the beginning of 2019, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the extremely controversial “heartbeat bill” that is a form of abortion restriction making abortions illegal as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually at around six weeks into a pregnancy. As soon as he signed the bill, the backlash was intense with protestors vowing to make sure that it never went into effect—and they have officially succeeded.
As reported by @wsbtv, a federal judge has blocked the anti-abortion law from going into effect, which was to begin on January 1, 2020 in the state of Georgia. District Judge Steve C. Jones issued a ruling blocking House Bill 481 (the heartbeat bill) from taking effect as the journey to make the law permanent continues its way through court system. However, it’s important to note that if prior instances are any indication, Georgia’s anti-abortion bill will go the way of other states who initially implemented similar bans, meaning it will be permanent.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU) previously sued the state of Georgia stating that the law, is unconstitutional and puts women in jeopardy to seek other alternatives if they were unable to have a legal abortion after their sixth week of pregnancy.
In response to the “heartbeat bill” being blocked, ACLU attorney Sean J. Young had this to say:
“The federal district court today fulfilled its oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. This abortion ban has been unconstitutional from start to finish and today, is a victory for the dignity of women throughout Georgia.”
Barbara Ann Luttrell, a spokesperson from Planned Parenthood Southeast, also shared her appreciation of the recent decision:
“This is a victory for Georgia and people all across the country. We promise the people we serve and the people across the state to protect access to abortion and together we have.”
In addition to Georgia, several other states also have attempted to pass abortion bans, including Alabama, Missouri and Louisiana.
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