Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Georgia's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban

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The law included exceptions for incest, rape and situations of medical futility or where the health of the mother is at stake.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights collectively filed a constitutional challenge to stop the legislation from becoming law, calling it an "affront to the dignity and health of Georgians".

The bill, signed in May by Republican Governor Brian Kemp, was scheduled to become law on 1 January.

He wrote that the legislation was "in direct conflict with current Supreme Court precedent, which this Court is bound by and must follow" and that the plaintiffs "have therefore established a substantial likelihood of success on the merits".

"What is clearly defined, however, is that under no circumstances whatsoever may a state prohibit or ban abortions at any point prior to viability, no matter what interests the state asserts to support it", Jones wrote. Judge Jones argues that Georgia's proposed law contravened the landmark Supreme Court decision because a foetal heartbeat can be detected months before the point of viability.

Candice Brody, Kemp's communications director, told CNN that the office was reviewing the decision. "We can proceed to fight for the unborn and work to create certain that one and all Georgians possess the choice to are residing, grow, and prosper".

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"This case has always been about one thing: letting her decide", Sean Young, legal director of the ACLU of Georgia, said in a statement.

Georgia's law specifically stated that a fetus is a "natural person" and "human being" once a heartbeat is detected. As of today, every so-called "heartbeat" bill has now been stopped from being implemented.

Actress and political activist Alyssa Milano also called for Hollywood film companies to boycott the state once its Senate passed the measure. Georgia is a high filming living on the planet attributable to of its superior tax credit ranking. The Associated Pressreports that the ruling came as a part of a lawsuit that challenged 4 Virginia laws that prosecutors say restrict access to abortion in the state.

The Writers Guild of America threatened a boycott as well if the Heartbeat bill was signed into law. They included Disney, Netflix and WarnerMedia. While Hudson upheld 2 laws, he also overturned 2 state laws, including a law that requires all second-trimester abortions to be performed at a licensed outpatient hospital and regulations that would have required clinics that administer first-trimester abortions to meet the same facility requirements as general and surgical hospitals.

Georgia Senate Science and Technology Chairwoman Renee Unterman, who sponsored the bill in that chamber, said, "We are not like NY or Virginia".

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