Supreme Court ruling clears way for Georgia abortion decision


Earlier this month, a federal judge told attorneys challenging Georgia’s abortion law that he would wait until the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo before being able to determine if Georgia law was unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court ruled that a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have admission privileges to nearby hospitals violates the right to the procedure that the court first granted in the landmark Roe v. Decision. Wade in 1973.

While the law in Georgia is different: It prohibits most abortions once fetal heart activity is detected, usually at six weeks of pregnancy, District Judge Steve C. Jones asked at a hearing ago. two weeks if the Supreme Court would continue to allow abortion providers to challenge a law, rather than being an abortion-seeking person.

If the higher court had changed its standard, Jones said, it could require additional testimony before making its decision.

Instead, the court accepted June Medical Services as an appropriate plaintiff in the case, paving the way for Jones to issue a ruling.

Jones in October temporarily blocked the entry into force of the Georgia law while the case proceeds in court, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia wants the mandate to be permanent. The law was due to take effect last January.

The group, on behalf of several abortion rights advocates and providers, sued the state, saying Georgia law violates a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. State attorneys believe the law should be allowed to take effect.

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