Judge Blocks Georgia's Heartbeat Bill

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Georgia's heartbeat bill, pro-life legislation that would prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which usually takes place at about six weeks' gestation. Republican governor Brian Kemp signed the bill into law in May, and it was set to take effect on January 1, 2020. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones, a President Obama appointee, rejected Georgia's argument that abortion jurisprudence has not precisely defined how the state may act in the interest of unborn life. "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. Read more...



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