• Tue. Sep 26th, 2023


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Georgia Awaits a Court Ruling on Six-Week Abortion Ban

In 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia signed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, effectively outlawing the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy. But the measure has never been enforced. That could soon change.

A federal judge struck down the law last summer, declaring it unconstitutional because it violated a woman’s right to access abortion. The state appealed, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit delayed a decision, pending a ruling from the Supreme Court on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case out of Mississippi.

After the Supreme Court ruled on Friday — using the Mississippi case to overturn the abortion protections established in Roe v. Wade — Chris Carr, the Georgia attorney general, quickly asked the federal appeals court to let the Georgia law take effect.

“I believe in the dignity, value and worth of every human being, both born and unborn,” Mr. Carr said in a written statement. “The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs is constitutionally correct and rightfully returns the issue of abortion to the states and to the people — where it belongs.”

The appeals court will likely rule on the matter in coming days. In the meantime, it has already become fodder for Georgia’s closely watched campaign for governor.

“We’re confident that Georgia’s LIFE Act will soon be fully implemented,” Mr. Kemp, a Republican, wrote on Twitter. His Democratic rival, Stacey Abrams, said on CNN that she assumed the abortion ban would soon take effect — and that, if elected, she would work to reverse it.