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U.S. state of Georgia's six-week abortion ban blocked by judge

Reuters · 11/15/2022 13:41
U.S. state of Georgia's six-week abortion ban blocked by judge

- A Georgia law banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically around six weeks, cannot be enforced, a state judge ruled, a victory for Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups that had challenged the law.

Judge Robert McBurney of the Superior Court of Fulton County said the law could be enforced because it was void at the time it was passed in 2019 under the U.S. Supreme Court's since-overturned ruling in Roe v. Wade guaranteeing a right to abortion. He said the state would have to pass the law again that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe.


(Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Mark Porter)

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